Statement from the U.S. Mission on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

The United States Mission to International Organizations in Vienna joins the United Nations, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and communities and organizations around the world in the commemoration of July 30 as World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights, and the United States is focused on ending this absolutely horrific practice. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.

The United States is taking a stand against human trafficking, dedicating our Government’s full resources towards fighting this repulsive crime. The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons is working tirelessly to address all aspects of human trafficking, and the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking , in which each member is a survivor of human trafficking representing many different backgrounds and experiences, advises the U.S. government on federal anti-trafficking policies and programs.

In Vienna, the United States works with other UN members who are parties to the Trafficking in Persons Protocol to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime to help us better understand the many manifestations of human trafficking and the most effective ways to combat it.

As required by U.S. legislation, the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect the victims. This year’s report, the 18th installment, includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the United States.

More information about U.S. efforts to end human trafficking is available through the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

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