As part of a series of reporting tours to set the stage for the release of the 2018 Trafficking in Persons report, the FPC organized a local reporting tour to the NGO Ayuda. The journalists were briefed by Katherine Solits, Immigration Staff Attorney; Carolina de los Rios, Social Services Director; and Rebecca Walters, Supervising Immigration Attorney. The journalists also heard from Ms. Fainess Lipenga, a labor trafficking survivor from Malawi. Ms. Lipenga escaped with the assistance of U.S. NGOs, and eventually won a civil case against her trafficker for $1.3 million. Now on the Ayuda staff, Ms. Lipenga has become a passionate human rights advocate. After the presentation, the participating journalists conducted one-on-one interviews with Ms. Lipenga.
You can read more about the reporting tour by clicking the link here, at the State Department’s blog, DipNote.