Secretary of State Pompeo Hosts the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 27, 2018


Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will unveil the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the U.S. Department of State and will be joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump.

As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect the victims. This year’s report, the 18th installment, includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the United States.

During the ceremony, Secretary Pompeo and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, who has taken a leadership role in highlighting human trafficking as a priority for this Administration, will honor the 2018 TIP Report Heroes, men and women from around the globe whose tireless efforts have made a lasting impact on the fight against modern slavery. Following the ceremony, many of the Heroes will travel to cities across the United States to engage with the American people through an International Visitor Leadership Program.

This event will be open to credentialed members of the press and live streamed on www.state.gov.

Preset time for video cameras: 12:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 1:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center); (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization; or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver's license or passport).

Instructions for embargoed access to the report will be sent to members of the press Thursday morning, June 28 at 9:00 a.m. The entire report is EMBARGOED until the beginning of Secretary Pompeo’s remarks at approximately 2:00 p.m. The TIP Report will also be available to the public on www.state.gov at 2:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Mai Shiozaki in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at shiozakim@state.gov or 202-312-9855. Also, visit http://www.state.gov/j/tip/ or @JTIP_State on Twitter. Follow #EndTrafficking for news and updates.