In the Booth with Ruth – Philip J Cenedella, Executive Director, The National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates

“This fight will not stop until the traffickers and users of slaves are brought to justice and financially impacted by their actions,” says Philip J Cenedella, Executive Director of The National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates. He shares about his goal to stop Google selling advertisements to traffickers, and how he’s going to achieve it.

Ruth Jacobs

Philip J Cenedella

How did you become involved in the movement against human trafficking? 

By helping one victim of domestic violence who stayed in the only shelter in Dubai for human trafficking victims. On 4 August 2007, I did not know anything about trafficking, but started that day to help Sharla Musabih and her United Hope UAE organization.

What draws you to support and advocate for people enslaved by traffickers?


What does your work involve?

I manage I also collaborate with other advocates via The National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates and I answer hotline calls from throughout the US. As well as that, I help lead the fight against online trafficking, which involves Craigslist, Backpage and Google AdWords – there’s information on that here and you can help here, even if it’s just by quickly sharing some links on Twitter.

What legal improvements or changes would help to…

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