U.S. Government Agencies

The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) incorporates the federal agencies listed below as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the White House Offices of Management and Budget (OMB), the National Security Council, and the Domestic Policy Council.

Department of State (State) engages with foreign governments, international and intergovernmental organizations, and civil society to develop and implement effective strategies for confronting modern slavery.  State chairs the PITF and the Senior Policy Operating Group, funds international anti-trafficking programs, and produces the annual Trafficking in Persons Report.

Department of the Treasury (Treasury) brings significant financial expertise to the fight against human trafficking and leverages the Department’s economic and anti-money laundering tools to target, disrupt, and counter those who engage in human trafficking.  Treasury engages with financial institutions to analyze and disseminate information related to the illicit finance risk associated with human trafficking.

Department of Defense (DoD) endeavors to ensure that the U.S. military, civilian employees, and contractors have the necessary tools for awareness and prevention of human trafficking, including through training, distribution of awareness materials, and development of policies and procedures to address vulnerabilities in defense contracts.

Department of Justice (DOJ) conducts human trafficking investigations and prosecutions and provides grant funding for victim services.  DOJ supports anti-trafficking task forces; conducts trainings, research, and outreach initiatives; and produces the Attorney General’s Annual Report to Congress on U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Department of the Interior (DOI) provides anti-trafficking training for personnel and partners with federal, state, local, and tribal entities to combat human trafficking and provide victim services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides anti-trafficking training for employees, inspectors, and industry partners to raise awareness of human trafficking in agriculture and rural areas in the United States.

Department of Commerce (DOC) provides training for its U.S. and Commercial Service Employees worldwide on human rights, rule of law, and social responsibility raising awareness on anti-trafficking activities and disseminating information related to human trafficking initiative.  DOC additionally uses its export control authority to prevent exports that undermine U.S. foreign policy, which also extends to parties complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed around the world.

Department of Labor (DOL) assists law enforcement partners in the identification of trafficking victims.  In addition, DOL engages internationally with governments as well as business, labor, and civil society groups to implement models that work to reduce child labor and forced labor, and produces the following reports: List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor; List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor; and Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor.  The data and research contained in these three reports can also be accessed through the Sweat & Toil app.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds victim assistance services programs and the National Human Trafficking Hotline, issues Certification and Eligibility Letters for foreign national victims of trafficking, provides training and technical assistance to local communities, and conducts public awareness campaigns and public health initiatives focused on human trafficking.

Department of Transportation (DOT) partners with federal, state, and local agencies and transportation industry leaders across the country to train stakeholders, develop educational tools, disseminate public awareness materials, and fund anti-trafficking initiatives in the transportation industry.

Department of Education (ED) raises awareness of human trafficking in school communities; provides technical assistance; encourages schools to embed the issue in emergency operations and management planning; and works with federal, state, and local agencies to develop and disseminate resource materials.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts domestic and international investigations of human trafficking, conducts public awareness campaigns through the Blue Campaign, provides education and training, grants immigration benefits to victims of human trafficking, and authorizes victims who are potential witnesses to remain in the United States temporarily during the investigation or prosecution of their traffickers.

Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) monitors and negotiates trade agreements and administers trade preference programs, which include U.S. government priorities to end the forced labor of adults and children.  The trade agreements to which the United States is a party have long included provisions that require parties to adopt, maintain, and enforce legal provisions on the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor.  The trade preference programs that USTR administers continue to be powerful tools in strengthening labor standards around the world, including against the use of forced labor.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funds international anti-trafficking programs; engages in innovative private sector partnerships; and integrates and coordinates anti-trafficking activities across development and humanitarian contexts, applying research and evaluation to strengthen Countering-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) programming.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigates, attempts to informally resolve, and litigates charges of employment discrimination; it pursues such cases on behalf of trafficked workers and secures civil remedies (e.g. monetary and equitable relief) for trafficking victims.

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