The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, headed by Acting Director Kari Johnstone, 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.
"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
2015 Trafficking in Persons Report
Secretary Kerry (July 27): "This report is important because it really is one of the best means that we have as individuals to speak up for adults and children who lack any effective platform whatsoever through which they are able to speak for themselves." Full Text»Report»
Under Secretary Sewall (July 27): "The report marks the beginning of another cycle in which we worked hand-in-hand with foreign governments and our civil society partners to maintain momentum and encourage more robust efforts to combat trafficking worldwide." Full Text»Report»
Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership
On June 23, 2015, the Government of Ghana and the Government of the United States signed the first Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership in Accra, Ghana. The CPC Partnership is a jointly-developed, multi-year plan aimed at bolstering current efforts of the Government of Ghana and Ghanaian civil society to address child sex trafficking and forced child labor within Ghana and facilitates the award of up to $5 million in U.S. foreign assistance. More»
Funding in Ghana
In June 2015, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announced a funding opportunity to support a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, jointly developed between the Government of Ghana and the United States, to combat child trafficking in Ghana. The overarching purpose of this Partnership is to enhance the effectiveness of Ghana’s efforts to combat child trafficking. While TIP Office is no longer accepting applications for funding, you may view the archived Requests for Proposals from NGOs here and International Organizations here.
In January 2015, the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announced a funding opportunity open to NGOs, et al, working to combat human trafficking outside of the United States. The TIP Office received two page Statements of Interest from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects which addressed the country-specific requirements identified in the solicitation. These requirements were based on the recommendations contained in the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report. While the TIP Office is no longer accepting applications for funding, you may view the archived Request for Statements of Interest here. More»
Coalition of Immokalee Workers Receives 2015 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons
Secretary Kerry (Jan. 29): "It’s my honor to present the Coalition of Immokalee Workers with this award which reads: 'For its extraordinary efforts to combat human trafficking by pioneering the Fair Food Program, empowering agricultural workers, and leveraging market forces and consumer awareness to promote supply chain transparency and eradicate modern slavery on participating farms, we award this Presidential Award.'" Full Text»
Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal and Corporate Supply Chains
Verité released a report about the risk of trafficking in persons in federal and corporate supply chains. Providing a comprehensive framework for evaluating trafficking risk, this report identifies 11 key sectors at heightened risk for human trafficking and maps federal spending in each key at-risk sector. The Department of State-funded report will be an essential resource for government officials and federal contractors concerned about compliance with Executive Order 13627, as well as for any businesses concerned about human trafficking in their supply chains. Full Report»
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»
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