The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking (PITF) is a cabinet-level entity created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) to coordinate federal efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The PITF meets annually and is chaired by the Secretary of State. On March 15, 2012, President Obama issued a statement on the meeting of the PITF. He called on his cabinet to strengthen federal efforts to combat human trafficking and to expand partnerships with civil society and the private sector.
On May 17, 2013, Secretary Kerry chaired the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the White House. This was the first meeting of the PITF under Secretary Kerry’s tenure as Chair and the fourth of the Obama Administration. Participants included Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.; Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett; and other agency heads and senior White House officials.
A portrait of shared and individual agency accomplishments as they relate to Administration-wide priorities and strategic objectives can be found here:
-04/09/13 Progress in Combating Trafficking in Persons: The U.S. Government Response to Modern Slavery (as of February 2013) [ PDF version]
-04/09/13 Obama Administration Accomplishments on Combating Trafficking in Persons as of February 2013 [ PDF version]
-03/19/12 Progress in Combating Trafficking in Persons: The Obama Administration’s Accomplishments (as of February 2012)
-03/15/12 Obama Administration Accomplishments on Combating Trafficking in Persons as of February 2012
-06/28/11 Obama Administration Accomplishments on Combating Trafficking in Persons as of February 2011
Additional information and websites for PITF member and invited agencies can be found here.