"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
– President Barack Obama
Meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Secretary Kerry (Apr. 8): "I have instructed our Trafficking in Persons Office to zero in and really focus on the issues that are involved here. We’re working with NGOs to make sure that the global fishing industry doesn’t get any of its supplies from forced labor, including forced child labor." Full Text»Progress Report»
Testimony Before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs
Ambassador CdeBaca (Jan. 27): "Today we’re focusing on a specific concern that has garnered the attention of the entire anti-trafficking community: human trafficking around major sporting events and lessons that can be learned especially in the hospitality and transportation sectors. " Full Text»
Technology as a Tool in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Ambassador CdeBaca (July 24, 2013): "I think that the notion of Conversations with America really goes to the heart of why we think that we have to use new technological platforms in this fight against modern slavery. " Full Text»
Google+ Hangout: Human Trafficking--How Can We End Modern Slavery?
Ambassador CdeBaca (July 18, 2013): "I think that one of the things that’s so important about today’s conversation and that’s so important about this fight against modern slavery is that notion that everybody can be a TIP hero." Full Text»
Testimony on the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report
Ambassador CdeBaca (July 11, 2013): "We have made combating trafficking in persons a priority in domestic and foreign policy because doing so is in our country’s strategic interest. Trafficking in persons is a crime that threatens the rule of law." Full Text»Report»
2013 Trafficking in Persons Report
Secretary Kerry (June 19, 2013): "We all have an interest in stopping this crime. That’s why President Obama is so focused on this issue. And that’s why, as Secretary of State, I will continue to make the fight against modern-day slavery a priority for this Department and for the country." Full Text»Ambassador CdeBaca's Briefing»Report»
Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking
On April 9, 2013 the White House brought together advocates, service providers, researchers and academics, business leaders, faith leaders, leaders in the technology community, law enforcement, and local, state and federal government leaders in a Forum to Combat Human Trafficking to discuss strategies and highlight the significant progress this Administration has made to combat human trafficking, including developments since President Obama delivered his seminal speech on the fight to end trafficking in persons at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in September 2012. Secretary Kerry “honor[ed] those who have played an extraordinary role in advancing our common cause” with the inaugural presentation of the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
During the Forum, the Administration also released for public comment the first-ever federal strategic action plan to coordinate and strengthen services for trafficking victims in the United States. This comprehensive, 5-year plan is action-oriented and time-specific and embraces a collaborative approach that promises to improve services for victims of trafficking throughout the federal government. More»DipNote Blog»White House Blog»
Journey to Freedom: Freedom Center Documentary
Journey to Freedom tells the true stories of two men, 21st Century Cambodian Vannak Prum and 19th Century American Solomon Northup, who were sold into slavery more than 150 years apart. Transcript»Fact Sheets»More»
The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, directed by Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, leads the United States' global engagement against human trafficking, an umbrella term used to describe the activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service. At the heart of this phenomenon are the myriad forms of enslavement as outlined in the United States' Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Major forms of human trafficking include: forced labor, sex trafficking, bonded labor, debt bondage, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers, and child sex trafficking. The Office has responsibility for bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, targeted foreign assistance, and public engagement on this issue of modern slavery and partners with foreign governments and civil society to develop and implement effective counter-trafficking strategies.
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