Human Trafficking Prosecutions Decline Under Trump Administration

So far this year, federal attorneys have prosecuted 39 percent of the cases referred to them with child sex trafficking as the lead charge. That’s down from 49 percent in the last year of the Obama administration. The National Human Trafficking Hotline identified almost 15,000 people who were likely trafficked in 2018—more than any year since at least 2012.


US Terrorism Law ‘Unprepared’ for Cyber Threat: Paper

Foreign entities that threaten U.S. economic, governmental, and social infrastructure through cybersabotage should be classified as “terrorist” to give authorities the same powers to that they have to intervene against violent terror groups, says a forthcoming article in the Indiana Law Journal.


World Leaders Asked to Prevent Social Media Use as ‘Weapon of Hate’

A May 15 Paris conference, co-sponsored by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, will bring together national leaders and tech companies to focus on terrorists’ use of social media. One critic warned of overreaction to tragedies like the recent New Zealand mosque attacks, which were livestreamed by the shooter.

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UN Action on Sexual Violence in War Zones Runs into Headwinds

The U.S., Russia and China are objecting to a draft United Nations resolution proposed by Germany to create a working group to develop commissions of inquiry into allegations of rape and other sex crimes in war zones. The resolution is set for debate Tuesday following an appearance by Nobel Prizewinner Nadia Murad.