The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, headed by Ambassador Susan Coppedge, 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
Partnership for Freedom -- Rethink Supply Chains Challenge
On October 28, 2015, the Partnership for Freedom launched Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking, an innovation challenge that calls for technological solutions that identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains for goods and services. The Partnership for Freedom is a public-private partnership led by Humanity United, in collaboration with the Department of State and four other federal agencies. The Challenge will award $500,000 in prizes. For more information on the challenge rules and how to submit a concept, visit: http://www.partnershipforfreedom.org»Partnership for Freedom Press Release»
Anti-Trafficking Projects Funded in FY 2015
In FY 2015, the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) awarded over $18 million in grants and cooperative agreements to combat human trafficking. Nongovernmental and international organizations are supporting 27 projects that address prosecution, protection, and prevention in both sex and labor trafficking globally, regionally, and in the following countries: Bangladesh, Burma, Djibouti, Estonia, Ghana, India, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uruguay. More»
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.
CPC Foreign Assistance: In October, the TIP Office awarded a total of $5 million in foreign assistance to the International Organization on Migration and the NGO Free the Slaves for activities in support of the new CPC Partnership with Ghana. More»
New Research on Abusive Recruitment Practices and Human Trafficking
In June 2015, UNODC and ILO jointly released two global reports on labor recruitment practices known to facilitate human trafficking with funding from the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Both agencies coordinated research that included three stakeholder meetings and field surveys conducted in different countries and regions of the world. The reports include findings and recommendations aimed at improving recruitment practices and will build support for shaping international norms regarding labor recruitment and human trafficking. UNODC Full Report»ILO Full Report»
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»
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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