Monday, June 14, 2010

2010 Trafficking in Persons Report Released Today, US Ranked for First Time

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Today, the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report was released by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the US State Department. This year, the tenth since the report's inception in 2001, marks the first time the United States has been given a ranking - that of "Tier 1," or the top position of the four possible rankings.

Secretary of State Clinton, introduced this year's report with these remarks: "The 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report outlines the continuing challenges across the globe, including in the United States. The Report, for the first time, includes a ranking of the United States based on the same standards to which we hold other countries. The United States takes its first-ever ranking not as a reprieve but as a responsibility to strengthen global efforts against modern slavery, including those within America. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it.

This year’s report highlights several key trends, including the suffering of women and children in involuntary domestic servitude, the challenges and successes in identifying and protecting victims, and the need to include anti-trafficking policies in our response to natural disasters, as was evident in the aftermath of this year’s earthquake in Haiti.

Ending this global scourge is an important policy priority for the United States. This fluid phenomenon continues to affect cultures, communities, and countries spanning the globe. Through partnerships, we can confront it head-on and lift its victims from slavery to freedom."

VIEW THE FULL REPORT AT State.gov

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