Trafficking in Persons (TIP)


2017 Trafficking in Persons report released



2017 Trafficking in Persons report released
Today the Department of State released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Susan Coppedge each addressed the report in separate briefings, speaking about the global tragedy of human trafficking and the responsibility of governments to… Read More

Blue Campaign gains new partners



Blue Campaign gains new partners
Earlier this week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new partners for their Blue Campaign – the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and UPS. “There is an undeniable powerhouse in a public-private partnership,” said Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Russell C. Deyo. “We rely on close partnerships with… Read More

Defense tech to combat human trafficking



Defense tech to combat human trafficking
The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security. This includes technologies to combat trafficking in persons. DoD News recently interviewed Wade Shen, a program manager in DARPA’s Information Innovation Office, about DARPA’s efforts in countering human trafficking.… Read More

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month



January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
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… Read More

GAO recommends State improve TIP report



GAO recommends State improve TIP report
This month the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report suggesting the State Department make improvements to their annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, as GAO found several key shortcomings in State’s 2015 and 2016 reports. State conducted a similar review of the TIP report in 2006. GAO’s report… Read More

Agencies participate in Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking



Agencies participate in Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking
Today, the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) convened at the White House. This was the final cabinet-level meeting of the PITF during the Obama administration. The PITF reported on the progress made within four priority areas: rule of law, victim services, procurement and… Read More

DHS partnership to combat human trafficking



DHS partnership to combat human trafficking
Last week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new partnership between their Blue Campaign and the Virginia Office of the Attorney General to raise awareness about human trafficking. Blue Campaign Chair Maria Odom, said “The Blue Campaign is honored to work alongside the Virginia Office of the Attorney… Read More

GAO reports on human trafficking



GAO reports on human trafficking
In June, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing federal agencies’ efforts to combat human trafficking. The report, GAO-16-555, focuses on the prevalence of human trafficking, victim issues, and avoiding grant duplication. Many U.S. federal agencies lead efforts to address human trafficking. The Departments of Justice and Homeland… Read More

State publishes 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report



State publishes 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report
On June 30, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the release of the State Department’s 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The report focuses on strategies to prevent human trafficking around the globe, analyzing governments’ prosecution, protection, and prevention efforts. The 2016 report also builds on previous reports, featuring ways… Read More

Human trafficking awareness training provided to federal departments



Human trafficking awareness training provided to federal departments
As part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in late January that the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) will begin to provide human trafficking awareness training as part of basic training courses. The FLETC courses are used to train federal… Read More