2018 State Department Report on Human Trafficking Released
As announced by the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on June 28, 2018, “Every year our report focuses on a specific thing. This year’s TIP [Trafficking in Persons] Report highlights the critical work of local communities to stop traffickers and provide support to victims. Human trafficking is a global problem, but it’s a local one too. Human trafficking can be found in a favorite restaurant, a hotel, downtown, a farm, or in their neighbor’s home.”
The 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report represents an essential State Department tool in combating human trafficking crimes in the United States and around the world. The report features Topics of Special Interest, including:
- Confronting Human Trafficking at the Provincial Level: A Focus on Ontario, Canada;
- After Human Trafficking: Successful Models that Promote Resilience and Provide Lasting Protections for Survivors;
- Child Institutionalization and Human Trafficking; Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach;
- How Governments Address Domestic Servitude in Diplomatic Households;
- Promising Practices in the Eradication of Trafficking in Persons: Tracking Suspicious Financial Flows; and
- Multilateral Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking Through Global and Regional Engagement.
This year’s report offers guidance on increasing the effectiveness of community-based approaches and inclusion of survivors as key stakeholders while emphasizing the importance of greater “coordination, cooperation, and responsibility-sharing with and between local governments and communities.” Of particular significance are the victims’ stories included in this report. As such, they represent the variety of forms and situations that illustrate the realities of human trafficking victims around the world.
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