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.

Date: 02/17/2000 Description: A child laborer carries cement at a construction site near Dharmsala, India. © AP Image
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Co-Hosts UNGA Side Event on Human Trafficking

Today, the United States took another bold step in the global fight to combat modern slavery—also known as human trafficking. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan co-hosted the event “Stepping up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking,” proudly joining the governments of the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Canada, and Nigeria to affirm the importance of government action to combat human trafficking.

At this event, Deputy Secretary Sullivan announced the Principles To Guide Government Action To Combat Human Trafficking in Global Supply Chains, on behalf of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The Principles are a framework on which all countries can build to take effective action to prevent human trafficking in public and private sector supply chains. The Principles highlight the critical role of governments and acknowledge the necessity of strategic cooperation with civil society, survivors, and the business community.

Deputy Secretary Sullivan also announced additional funds to support the Program to End Modern Slavery, bringing the Department’s total investment for this important program to $75 million. The program aims to support transformational programs and projects to achieve a measurable and substantial reduction of the prevalence of modern slavery in targeted populations in specific countries or regions. Learn more about the Program to End Modern Slavery here

Taking 'A Whole Village Approach' to Combating Human Trafficking in Pakistan

Participants at the July 11 Trafficking in Persons conference at Peshawar's Pearl Continental Hotel. State Dept Image.July 30: Did you know that the U.S. Department of State leads our nation’s global engagement to combat human trafficking and supports the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts across the U.S. government? The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) partners with foreign governments, international organizations, federal agencies, civil society, the private sector, and trafficking survivors to develop and implement effective strategies to confront human trafficking, also known as modern slavery. DipNote» More»

2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

Secretary Pompeo (June 28): "Every year our report focuses on a specific thing. This year’s TIP Report highlights the critical work of local communities to stop traffickers and provide support to victims. Human trafficing is a global problem, but it’s a local one too. Human trafficking can be found in a favorite restaurant, a hotel, downtown, a farm, or in their neighbor’s home." Full Text» Briefing» DipNote» Report»

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»

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»