Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons 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.

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U.S.-Jamaica Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership and Notice of Funding Opportunity 

On May 31, 2018, the United States and Jamaica signed a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, a jointly developed plan to address and respond to child trafficking in Jamaica. The partnership facilitates a planned TIP Office investment of $4.5 million in U.S. foreign assistance to one or more organizations in support of the partnership’s objectives. Click here for more information on the U.S.-Jamaica CPC Partnership. To submit an application for this funding opportunity, please review the instructions on SAMS Domestic under funding opportunity SFOP0005142. Press Release»


NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The TIP Office announces a competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity for $3.25 million to combat trafficking in persons in Guatemala. Applicants are invited to submit proposals describing how they will address a minimum of one of the programming activities described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. To submit an application for this funding opportunity, please review the instructions on SAMS Domestic under funding opportunity SFOP0005136. More»


Notice of Funding Opportunity

The TIP Office announces a second open and competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity for $25 million under the Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS). Applicants are invited to submit innovative proposals describing how they will advance transformational programs and projects that seek to achieve a measurable and substantial reduction of the prevalence of modern slavery in targeted populations in priority countries or jurisdictions. To submit an application for this funding opportunity, please review the instructions on SAMS Domestic under funding opportunity SFOP0004184. More»

The Humans Behind Human Trafficking

Participants on the Foreign Press Center 'Combating Trafficking in Persons' reporting tour interview Marisa Ugarte, Executive Director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition in San Diego, CA. State Dept Image.Feb. 8: In conjunction with President Trump’s declaration of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Foreign Press Centers led an international reporting tour on combating human trafficking through prevention, protection, and prosecution. With this reporting tour, the Foreign Press Centers, working hand in hand with the TIP Office, sought to educate and inform 20 correspondents on U.S. efforts to fight this global crime. DipNote»

What You Can Do To Help Combat Human Trafficking

Children forced to work in a textile factory peer from behind a loom in Uttar Pradesh, India. © National Geographic Creative.Jan. 23: As we near the end of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we must remember that the struggle of millions of trafficking victims around the world continues. President Trump’s first Presidential Proclamation of 2018 is a reminder that the horrors of human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, persist today and that an estimated 25 million people are currently subjected to modern slavery worldwide. DipNote»

What to Do If You Encounter a Potential Instance of Human Trafficking

A man reaches toward an outstretched hand to provide assistance to a potential victim of human trafficking. © Shutterstock.January 11 marks National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States. There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world. While these individuals may sometimes be kept behind locked doors, they are more often hidden right in front of us. For example, they may be forced into exploitation at construction sites, restaurants, elder care centers, nail salons, agricultural fields, massage parlors, and hotels – even in private homes. Anyone could potentially encounter a possible human trafficking situation, although it may not be obvious. DipNote»

U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Releases Second Annual Report

Report Cover: United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Annual Report 2017. State Dept Image.Jan. 5: The U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking released its second annual report highlighting important collaboration with federal agencies to strengthen federal anti-trafficking policies and programs. The Council is comprised of eleven members, all of whom were presidentially appointed to serve on the first U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Each member is a survivor of human trafficking, and together they represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. More»

Recognizing National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

A man in Bangladesh works more than 12 hours a day recycling cans and industrial ash into raw aluminum. AP Image.Jan. 5: There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world. To raise awareness of this major issue and the United States’ efforts to address it, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed January 2018 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. DipNote»

U.S. and Ghanaian Officials Mark Progress in Addressing Child Trafficking and Pledge Ongoing Commitment

Senior officials from the U.S. Government and the Government of the Republic of Ghana met on October 25 to discuss progress in achieving the objectives of the U.S.-Ghana Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership - the first-ever jointly-developed plan to address forced child labor and child sex trafficking in Ghana. More»


U.S.-Philippines CPC Partnership Activities Commence in Manila and Cebu

The U.S. Embassy in Manila and the Philippines’ Department of Justice Interagency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT) announced the launch of activities to implement the U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, signed in Manila earlier this year by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael S. Klecheski and Philippines Secretary of Justice Vitaliano N. Aguirre II. More»


The TIP Office’s Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Grants Process Tutorial: Stage One - Request for Statements of Interest

The TIP Office created a step-by-step video tutorial to help guide applicants that choose to submit statements of interest during the first stage of the TIP Office’s Fiscal Year 2018 annual grants process. Please note that this video is intended to be a helpful resource and not to take the place of the explicit instructions contained in the FY 2018 Solicitation for Statements of Interest. More» Click here for more about the International Grant Programs.


FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity and Request for Statements of Interest

The Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 projects to combat trafficking in persons outside of the United States. Informed by the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report and current anti-trafficking programming, and in consultation with other offices in the U.S. government, the TIP Office has identified 24 priority countries or regions for possible funding. These countries and regions are listed in the funding opportunity as priorities for potential anti-trafficking programming for FY 2018. The funding opportunity is available on GrantSolutions.gov and Grants.gov. Click here for more information.


Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan Participates in Event on Modern Slavery at United Nations General Assembly

On September 19, during the 72nd Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a leader level roundtable to encourage governments to make concrete commitments to fight modern slavery. Approximately 20 governments participated. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan represented the United States, highlighting key U.S. efforts, including the Department’s grant of $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery to build country and industry partnerships in an effort to substantially reduce the prevalence of modern slavery around the world. His full remarks can be found here. Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump addressed the gathering as a special guest, as did UN Secretary General António Guterres and ILO Director General Guy Ryder.

At the meeting, Prime Minister May announced that the U.K. will contribute £20 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery and released a Call to Action endorsed by 37 states, expressing a political commitment to "combating the exploitation of human beings for the purposes of compelled labour or commercial sex through the use of force or other forms of coercion, or fraud, whether we describe this compelled service as human trafficking, modern slavery, or forced labour." The referenced document can be found here.


U.S. Awards $25 Million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

In October 2017, the State Department's TIP Office launched the Program to End Modern Slavery-a groundbreaking $25 million U.S. foreign assistance program authorized and funded by Congress. The Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS) aims to support transformational programs and projects that seek to achieve a measurable and substantial reduction of the prevalence of modern slavery-also known as human trafficking-in targeted populations in specific countries or regions. More»


2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

Ambassador Coppedge (June 27): "The TIP Report is ... a symbol of our moral and legal obligation to combat human trafficking and is in keeping with our country's historical commitment to advancing human dignity and freedom around the world. This year's TIP Report ... emphasizes that governments must do everything in their power to hold traffickers accountable, from passing and enforcing tough anti-trafficking laws to prosecuting complicit officials who betray the public trust and profit from the suffering of others." Full Text» DipNote» Report»