About the Author: Matthew J. Owens serves as a public affairs specialist in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP).
Each year, the U.S. Department of State releases the Trafficking in Persons Report, which provides a global diagnosis of the global effort to combat human trafficking.
This year, the report, which included rankings and narratives on 177 countries including the United States, was nearly 400 pages long. These pages hold the stories of victims, recommendations for governments, and a clear path forward toward partnership to lift people out of all forms of modern slavery.
On Thursday, September 30, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca traveled to Capitol Hill to update Congress on how the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons -- and the State Department at large -- is working to turn words into action. Click here to read Ambassador CdeBaca's testimony.
Ambassador CdeBaca joined several key partners in the anti-trafficking movement in testifying before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, including David Abramowitz of Humanity United, Dr. Aruna Uprety of the Rural Health Education Services, Neha Misra of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center; and Dr. Beryl D'Souza of the India Dalit Freedom Network. In addition, Ambassador Mark Lagon of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service testified, thereby signifying the continued commitment from one U.S. administration to the next to combat trafficking in persons.
Utilizing the expertise of diplomats worldwide and partnering with nongovernmental organizations by funding anti-trafficking projects, such as shelters and public awareness campaigns, the Office is working hard to tackle all forms of modern slavery -- be they sexual or labor trafficking.