Serial No. 113-55: Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 18, 2013   [open pdf - 6MB]

This is the April 18, 2013 hearing on "Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking," held before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. From the opening statement of Mark Lagon: "Thank you Chairman Smith for inviting me, and with Representative Bass, welcoming me to offer my observations to the Subcommittee. I would ask that my full written testimony be incorporated into the record, and I will summarize my main points more briefly now. Mr. Chairman, you have played a central role in equipping the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) with the tools to elicit cooperation from other countries to fight the slavery of today -- a slavery characterized by deceit, psychological terror, violence, robbed autonomy, and coarse degradation, if not actual chains and shackles. As primary author of the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and a number of reauthorizations, you deserve thanks from past victims, potential victims, and me, for that matter, as former chief U.S. diplomat for the function that legislation created." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark Lagon, Nguyen Dinh Thang, Suzanne Scholte, Brian Campbell, Esther Choe, David Abramowitz and Carol Smolenski.

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