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Anti-Trafficking Legal Authorities and Mandates

Within the United States, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended, provides tools to combat human trafficking both worldwide and domestically.  Additional laws include key mandates to further U.S. government efforts to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent the crime from occurring.  Several Executive Orders have also been issued over the years to strengthen U.S. government efforts to combat human trafficking.  Internationally, several conventions, in particular the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Protocol), set out international standards for combating trafficking in persons.

U.S. Legal Authorities and Mandates on Human Trafficking

International Law and Other Key Mandates

U.S. Department of State

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