Dear friends and partners in the fight for freedom,

It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report, and we are eager for your support as we seek to understand the trafficking situation on the ground, both here in the United States and around the world. The year 2020 is especially meaningful as it marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and adoption of the United Nations Palermo Protocol, and allows us to reflect both on all we have accomplished and on the many opportunities that lie ahead.

Through your work on the front lines to combat human trafficking you see firsthand 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 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report.  I cannot overstate the importance of this call for information to our work here at the TIP Office and urge all within the anti-trafficking community to help strengthen the 2020 Report by responding.  Details on this request can be found in the Federal Register Notice here. Please also refer to the guide for submitting responses here. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2020.

As we have in previous years, we invite you to submit information about new trends in human trafficking and key observations of the current trafficking situation; examples of governments’ successes and challenges in prosecution, victim identification and protection, and efforts to prevent trafficking; lessons learned in combating trafficking, including examples of effective anti-trafficking laws, policies, and programs; and examples of promising practices in incorporating survivor input into anti-trafficking policies and programs. In particular, we ask you to reflect on the past two decades and share your views on the most consequential or pivotal measures governments have taken or leaps others have made within the anti-trafficking movement more generally.

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 2020 Report.  Please submit these in high resolution (1 MB or more) digital image files.

I am confident that, as always, your contributions will help make for a Trafficking in Persons Report that sets the standard for reporting on government efforts to stop traffickers, care for survivors, and bring an end to modern slavery. Thank you for your contribution.

Best regards,

John Cotton Richmond
Ambassador-at-Large
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

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