Progress in Combating Trafficking in Persons: The U.S. Government Response to Modern Slavery   [open pdf - 8MB]

"Human trafficking is an opportunistic crime. Traffickers target all types of people: adults and children, women, men, and transgender individuals, citizens and non-citizens alike. No socioeconomic group is immune; new immigrants, runaway, homeless, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are particularly vulnerable. One of the most common assumptions about 'average' trafficking victims is that they are vulnerable simply because they come from the poorest, most isolated communities, whether overseas or in the United States. Indeed, many do. Yet some victims, from a variety of backgrounds, have reported that their suffering began with their aspirations for a better life and a lack of options to fulfill them. […] In March 2012, President Obama called on the PITF [President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons] to find ways to strengthen current efforts to combat trafficking. In September 2012, the President reinforced this call when he delivered a major policy speech on U.S. government efforts to end human trafficking, and announced a number of new and strengthened initiatives. The PITF heeded this call and is taking concrete steps to provide tools and training to identify and assist trafficking victims, enhance collaboration, and develop a comprehensive plan for future action. The pages that follow reflect an ever-deepening commitment to combating modern slavery. From creating the nation's first-ever federal strategic action plan to coordinate and strengthen services for trafficking victims in the United States, to implementing an Executive Order that enhances standards for government contracting, PITF agencies are enabling both law enforcement and service providers to deploy resources more effectively."

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