President Obama recently declared January 2017 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In his proclamation, the President spoke of slavery’s role in U.S. history, and the continuing role it plays, saying “the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking still tears at our social fabric.”
The President also spoke about the role of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, which brings together the private sector, faith communities, law enforcement, and advocates to coordinate efforts to prevent trafficking and protect victims.
The task force met in October 2016 for their last cabinet meeting during the Obama administration.
For more information on this topic, please follow the links below.
Presidential Proclamation — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017, White House
End Human Trafficking, White House
President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State