PEHT’s Statement on Racism and Justice
We at the Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) mourn with the families of Black Americans victimized by police or vigilantes simply because of the color of their skin. We stand in solidarity with the movements to end historical and institutional racism and police brutality against the most vulnerable in our society.
We are committed to speaking out against institutional practices that allow human rights violations against women and girls — sexual violence, discrimination, trafficking, sexual exploitation, pornography and prostitution — all of which occur pervasively in the United States with impunity and cultural acceptance, disproportionately impacting women and children of color.
We stand at a seminal moment in history where each of us must vow to embrace, embody and enforce the founding principles of this great nation - life, liberty and and the pursuit of happiness — that have thus far remained an elusive dream for too many Americans. We can no longer accept that race will determine one’s value or right to freedom.