Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, headed by Ambassador Susan Coppedge, 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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Date: 02/17/2000 Description: A child laborer carries cement at a construction site near Dharmsala, India. ? AP Image
Prevention
Date: 08/25/2010 Description: Farm workers in California march during a campaign to end human rights violations in the U.S. agricultural industry.  The prevalence of forced labor in agriculture has led to increased pressure on major brands to trace their products to ''the farm gate'' and ensure proper treatment of workers through their supply chains. ? Jacque-Jean Tiziou/www.jjtiziou.net

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Date: 11/22/2014 Description: Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit behind bars inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. © AP Image January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Each year during this month, people and organizations around the nation recommit to assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating it in all its forms. The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons leads the United States' global engagement against human trafficking and supports the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts across the U.S. government. These efforts include forging partnerships with foreign governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to develop and implement effective strategies for confronting modern slavery. DipNote»