Tag: trafficking

The Department of State released the 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in June of this year. The TIP report acts is a comprehensive assessment of efforts to combat human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world. This edition of the TIP report also looks back at the evolution of the TIP report over […]

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Last week, the Department of State released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report provides a comprehensive assessment of global efforts to combat human trafficking, and the report acts as a guide for continued efforts in the U.S. and around the world. In his message introducing the TIP Report, Secretary of State Michael […]

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On June 28, the Department of State released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke at the launch ceremony for the TIP Report, speaking about reach of human trafficking and recognizing the 2018 TIP Report Heroes. Each TIP Report focuses on a specific theme, with previous reports highlighting the responsibility […]

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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 bring an end to this […]

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On June 21, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary met for a hearing titled  “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership As Well As Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Assessing Federal Efforts to to End the Threat.” During the hearing several individuals representing U.S. government agencies, including those representing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. […]

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A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examines the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to address subterranean, aerial, and maritime smuggling of drugs and humans. GAO-17-474 focuses on the known prevalence of these smuggling methods, efforts to address smuggling, and efforts to assess the results of activities to counter smuggling. GAO examined DHS’s investments into technology […]

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Featured article: Plutonium and Picasso – A Typology of Nuclear and Fine Art Smuggling by Joshua D. Foss The global security environment continues to evolve. Globalization, advances in technology, and greater connectedness of people and economies have enabled transnational organized crime and new and existing illicit markets to expand. Never has the prolific and rapid dissemination of technology and information […]

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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. During the interview, Shen talked about Memex, a program […]

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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 governments can identify people most at-risk and reduce […]

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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 Mexico’s border with Guatemala and […]

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