Dear friends and partners in the fight against human trafficking,
It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report). This past year has presented new challenges and signs of progress – all against the background of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that continues to require governments and anti-trafficking stakeholders to adapt. We are eager for your insight as we seek to understand the current trafficking situation on the ground, here in the United States and around the world.
Through your work on the front lines to combat human trafficking, you see the way governments are confronting this challenge. You know which practices are succeeding and where efforts are falling short. Whether you are contributing to this struggle halfway around the world or right here in the United States, your observations will be critical to the Department of State as we draft the 2022 TIP Report. This “request for information” is absolutely critical to our work at the Trafficking in Persons Office, and we urge all within the anti-trafficking community to respond. Details on this request can be found in the Federal Register Notice . Please also refer to the guide for submitting responses [342 KB] (accessible version [106 KB]). The deadline for submission is February 1, 2022.
As we have in previous years, we invite you to submit information about new trends in human trafficking; examples of governments’ successes and challenges in prosecution, victim identification and protection, and efforts to prevent trafficking; and lessons learned in combating trafficking, including examples of effective anti-trafficking laws, policies, and programs. We also invite you to share information on how governments addressed trafficking in underserved and vulnerable communities, including whether it equitably enforced its laws, whether it provided the same quality and level of access to services to all communities, and whether it implemented or tried to address any policies that further marginalized communities already overrepresented among trafficking victims, increasing their risk to human trafficking. In addition, we are particularly interested in hearing from you about examples of promising practices and recommendations for engaging those with lived experience of human trafficking in anti-trafficking efforts, as well as for ensuring diversity among individuals who are engaged.
Finally, please submit any current public awareness campaign materials, such as trafficking-related photos, billboards, posters, murals, or art. These may be featured (with credit) in the 2022 TIP Report. Please submit these in high resolution (1 MB or more) digital image files.
I am confident that, as always, your contributions will help us continue to make the TIP Report a helpful resource for anti-trafficking stakeholders and the standard for reporting on government efforts to stop traffickers and hold them accountable, protect and support individuals who have experienced human trafficking, and prevent the crime from occurring. We look forward to receiving your input as we continue our work together to combat human trafficking. Thank you for taking the time and effort to contribute to the TIP Report.
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State