trafficking


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

Improvement needed in monitoring counter-firearm trafficking efforts



Improvement needed in monitoring counter-firearm trafficking efforts
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report earlier this month detailing U.S. agencies’ efforts in countering firearms trafficking in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. The report was published within days of GAO’s recent follow-up report on firearms trafficking between the U.S. and Mexico. The report examines illicit trafficking across… Read More

GAO follows up on National Drug Control Strategy



GAO follows up on National Drug Control Strategy
A December report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has shown that little progress has been made on the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy since GAO’s last review in 2013. The 2010 strategy laid out seven goals for reducing illicit drug use by 2015, however GAO reported in 2013 that… Read More

New partnership to counter human trafficking



New partnership to counter human trafficking
On Monday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new partnership between the DHS Blue Campaign and the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights to raise awareness about human trafficking. The announcement was made as part of a series of DHS Blue Campaign updates that will be released… Read More

Task force provides update on anti-human trafficking efforts



Task force provides update on anti-human trafficking efforts
On January 5, the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) released a fact sheet detailing some of PITF’s recent accomplishments. PITF’s anti-trafficking efforts focus on rule of law, victim services, procurement and supply chains, and public awareness and outreach. The fact sheet provides an… Read More

Justice, others announce anti-trafficking teams



Justice, others announce anti-trafficking teams
This month the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Labor announced the selection of six new Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams (ACTeam).  These teams will lead Phase II of the ACTeam Initiative, an interagency effort to streamline federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses that began in 2011. The… Read More

DHS, others fight against human trafficking



DHS, others fight against human trafficking
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign observed their fifth year fighting human trafficking in the U.S. The DHS Blue Campaign brings together DHS, law enforcement, government, non-governmental, and private organizations to assist trafficking victims and bring traffickers to justice. In a statement commemorating the Blue Campaign milestone,… Read More