Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted the annual meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons on February 1 at the Department of State. Cabinet-level officials participated in the meeting, including the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretaries of Interior, Agriculture, Labor, Health & Human Services, and Homeland Security. You can read a transcript of their remarks here.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 authorized the President to establish the President's Interagency Task Force (PITF), a cabinet-level task force to coordinate federal efforts to combat human trafficking. The PITF is chaired by the Secretary of State and meets at least once a year.
Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca directs the Department of State's anti-trafficking efforts in the Office of Democracy and Global Affairs, under the leadership of Under Secretary María Otero. The Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons coordinates the United States' fight against contemporary forms of slavery. The office was created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000.
Following today's meeting, Ambassador CdeBaca spoke to the press about new interagency initiatives to combat trafficking in persons. You can read the transcript of the briefing here.