Review of the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, Hearing Before the Full Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, August 6, 2015   [open pdf - 305KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the August 6, 2015 hearing "Review of the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report," held before the Full Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the testimony of the Department of State Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Sarah Sewall: "Working year-round across offices and continents, the Department engages governments and civil society; collects data; navigates local laws, develops best practices; and objectively assesses each government's efforts -- including our own -- to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons established by the TVPA [Trafficking Victims Protection Act]. In this process, we assess the adequacy of national laws in prohibiting and punishing human trafficking and evaluate government actions to prosecute suspects, protect victims, and prevent further trafficking -- the 'three Ps.' Based on the country assessments, the TIP [Trafficking in Persons] Report ranks countries and territories on different tiers in accordance with the minimum standards outlined in the TVPA. A Tier 1 country fully complies with these minimum standards. A Tier 2 ranking indicates that a country's government does not yet fully comply with the minimum standards, but is making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance. By contrast, a Tier 2 Watch List country indicates that a country is also making significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards, but also meets one or more of the following three conditions: (1) the number of trafficking victims is very significant or is significantly increasing; (2) the government failed to provide evidence of increasing efforts from the previous year; or (3) the government committed to make significant anti-trafficking efforts over the next year." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sarah Sewall

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