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Secretary Clinton To Announce Release of the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 11, 2010

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will announce the release of the 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.

The Report will be posted at 7:00 am on Monday, June 14 and may be accessed at www.state.gov/j/tip.

The 177-country report is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons, a modern form of slavery. Its findings are intended to raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective actions to counter trafficking in persons. The assessment includes reports on 175 countries assigned ranks, including the first-ever ranking of the United States. To highlight the first-ever U.S. ranking, the Department will host the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Modern Slavery Museum, which will be available for free tours to the public from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, June 14 at the C Street entrance. Commentary on Haiti and Somalia, which are considered special cases, is also included.

Secretary Clinton’s remarks will be open to credentialed members of the media.
Pre-set time for video cameras: 9:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media wishing to tour the Modern Slavery Museum may do so Monday from 7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons will be available for media interviews. Media interested in discussing the Report with Under Secretary Otero should contact Annelisa Lindsay, lindsayan@state.gov. Reporters who wish to schedule an interview with Ambassador CdeBaca may contact Public Affairs Officer Talley Sergent at (202) 312-9653 or SergentRT@state.gov.

In addition, Amb. CdeBaca will participate in a series of media availabilities. On Monday, June 14, he will participate in a conference call to discuss the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report with members of the media 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. EDT. Amb. CdeBaca will discuss key themes, trends, and the first-ever ranking of the United States.

Conference call dial-in information below:
Who: Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca
What: Conference call with media to discuss the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report
When: Monday, June 14, 2010; 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm EDT
Dial-in information: (877) 336-1280; access code: 4691185

On Tuesday, June 15, Amb. CdeBaca will participate in a Congressional reception for the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Heroes hosted by the Helsinki Commission. Media interested in covering this event should contact the Neil Simon at the Helsinki Commission, (202) 225-1901.

On Wednesday, June 16, Amb. CdeBaca will participate in a briefing on the Trafficking in Persons Report at the Foreign Press Center in New York City at 10:00 a.m. All media interested in attending this briefing should contact Melissa Waheibi at WaheibiMN@state.gov.

At 1 p.m., Amb. CdeBaca will deliver keynote remarks regarding the 2010 Report at a panel discussion hosted by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Amb. CdeBaca will discuss: “Hidden in Plain Sight: The News Media’s Role in Exposing Human Trafficking” at the ECOSOC Chamber. For more information, please contact Patrick Ventrell, ventrellph@state.gov.



PRN: 2010/783



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