National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking Released

The White House has recently released its National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. Human trafficking can take different forms — sex trafficking, labor trafficking, forced labor, etc. — and is considered to be a form of modern slavery. These acts have no place in a free society that values human dignity, and this plan constitutes the United States’ commitment to eliminating all forms of human trafficking. According to the plan, in 2019 there were 11,500 human trafficking incidents reported to the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, and it is estimated that 24.9 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide.

The plan outlines four Pillars that represent the actions to be taken to combat human trafficking:

  • Pillar 1: Prevention — Prevent Human Trafficking
  • Pillar 2: Protection — Identify, Assist, and Protect the Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Pillar 3: Prosecution — Dismantle Human Trafficking Networks and Hold Traffickers Accountable
  • Pillar 4: Crosscutting Approaches and Institutional Effectiveness — Enable Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution through Collaboration

More resources on Combatting Human Trafficking and Forced Labor can be found at the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL).

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