Northern Arizona University/Philosophy of Law/Research Projects Spring 2010/Shared resources on Human Trafficking

Web pages for groups working to curb human trafficking.

The website for the Polaris project has a helpful map of the country with links to initiatives to change laws in particular states. You might compare the laws that exist in Arizona to those that exist and those proposed in other states. In addition, you should consider the relationship between state laws and federal laws.

Existing statutes that pertain to human trafficking

Arizona revised statutes 13-1307 and 13-1308

Arizona has been making some of the most forceful provisions related to immigration. It might be good to look at the recent bills made into law. They are quite controversial, and it appears the effect of such provisions on human trafficking has not been thought through:

Senate bill 1070 (SB 1070):

Senate fact sheet:

News articles on Arizona's immigration laws and bills.

See, for instance, this comment by one member of the state house who is concerned about the negative effects on those who are subject to practices of human trafficking: "State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who voted against the bill, said it does nothing to target criminal and violent immigrants, instead jeopardizing the safety of Arizona communities. She brought up an interesting point: If an undocumented immigrant who is being assaulted or mistreated (think domestic violence, mistreatment of working immigrants) were to call the police to report an incident, that immigrant would be forced into custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and would be deported for merely reporting abuse. In fact, the abuser could sue a law enforcement office for failing to check the legal status of the victim. Sinema said this creates fear among immigrant communities and limits the ability of officers to catch real criminals."

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Rachel- On the Arizona State Senate Dealing with the Bill

Casey- Kant's idea of "unsocial sociability"-looking at the history of cultural sharing from the state of nature to now. Raymond Michalowski on border militarization and the effects on human trafficking.