Serial No. 114-218: Accountability Over Politics: Scrutinizing the Trafficking in Persons Report, 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 Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 12, 2016 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the July 12, 2016 hearing on "Accountability Over Politics: Scrutinizing the Trafficking in Persons Report" held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Christopher H. Smith: "Both last year's TIP [Trafficking in Persons] Report and the current one gave passing grades to several nations with horrific records of government complicity in human trafficking. Falsifying a country's human rights record, particularly when it comes to branding what tier it ought to be not only undermines the credibility of the report but was especially dehumanizing to the victims who suffer rape, cruelty, and horrifying exploitation." [...] "The passing grades for failing, done for more than a dozen governments, was exposed by a series of investigative reports last year by Reuters, which found that professionals at the State Department's TIP Office made one set of recommendations only to overruled at a higher level for political reasons. Today's hearing will look closely at the newly-released Trafficking in Person's Report which assesses and ranks 188 countries each year on their records of prosecuting traffickers, protecting victims, and preventing human trafficking." [...] "The State Department must get the TIP Report right or we will lose the foundational tool created to help the more than 20 million, maybe more, victims of trafficking and slavery around the world. The tier ranking is about protecting vulnerable lives - lives destroyed or saved by the on-the-ground impact of a government's action or its inaction." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Susan Coppedge and David Abramowitz.
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