Today, the United States took another bold step in the global fight to combat modern slavery—also known as human trafficking.
Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan co-hosted the event “Stepping up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking,” proudly joining the governments of the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Canada, and Nigeria to affirm the importance of government action to combat human trafficking.
At this event, Deputy Secretary Sullivan announced the Principles to Guide Government Action to Combat Human Trafficking in Global Supply Chains, on behalf of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The Principles are a framework on which all countries can build a strategy to take effective action to prevent human trafficking in public and private sector supply chains, one of the key themes of last year’s “Call to Action.” The Principles highlight the critical role of governments and acknowledge the necessity of strategic cooperation with civil society, survivors, and the business community.
Deputy Secretary Sullivan also announced additional funds to support the Program to End Modern Slavery, bringing the Department’s total investment for this important program to $75 million. The program aims to support transformational programs and projects to achieve a measurable and substantial reduction of the prevalence of modern slavery in targeted populations in specific countries or regions.
About the Author: Kari Johnstone serves as Acting Director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State.
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