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Trafficking Hotlines

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.

Date: 08/25/2010 Description: Farm workers in California march during a campaign to end human rights violations in the U.S. agricultural industry.  The prevalence of forced labor in agriculture has led to increased pressure on major brands to trace their products to ''the farm gate'' and ensure proper treatment of workers through their supply chains. © Jacque-Jean Tiziou/
Date: 02/17/2000 Description: A child laborer carries cement at a construction site near Dharmsala, India. © AP Image
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"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

UPDATE: Five Finalists Chosen To Compete in the Partnership for Freedom Challenge, Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking

Date: 10/28/2015 Description: Rethink Supply Chains Challenge: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking; $500,000 Prize Pool; Visit to learn more; #RethinkSupplyChains © Partnership for Freedom Logo.

On February 1, 2016, The Partnership for Freedom announced the five finalists that will move forward to compete for a grand prize of $250,000 in the Rethink Supply Chains challenge. The five finalists submitted concepts for technical solutions to identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains for goods and services. The finalists, selected among dozens of applicants and representing 11 nations, will receive $20,000 and proceed to the Finalist Accelerator round of the competition to further develop their proposed solutions with support from subject matter experts.

Read more about the finalists here:

President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 5): "It is estimated still that there are more than 20 million people who are enslaved, but regrettably, only a fraction of them, perhaps 1 percent, are identified on an annual basis. So we are living in 2015, in modern times, with a form of slavery that is even hard to identify. But so much could be done to prosecute it." Full Text» Fact Sheet» DipNote»

Targeting Vulnerabilities: The Impact of the Syrian War and Refugee Situation on Trafficking in Persons, a study of Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq

On December 9, 2015, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) released a new study on the impact of the Syrian war and refugee situation on trafficking in persons in the region. The study, funded by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking Persons, analyzed the conditions in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq and identified a number of different forms of trafficking. ICMPD presented the findings and key recommendations at an international conference in Istanbul, Turkey to experts from foreign governments, international organizations, NGOs, academia, and the media. Full Report»

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

Date: 06/23/2015 Description: Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama presides as U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz and Ghanaian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur exchange signed copies of the first Child Protection Compact Partnership.  - State Dept Image

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»

Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal and Corporate Supply Chains

Date: 01/29/2015 Description: Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal and Corporate Supply Chains. - State Dept ImageVerité 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»


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