On June 19, 2013, Secretary Kerry of the U.S. Department of State released its yearly report on human trafficking at a Press Conference hosted in the Benjamin Franklin Room. The report grades each country across the world in accordance to how well the country is addressing the issue of human trafficking: Tier 1 being the highest ranking and Tier 3 being the lowest ranking. Furthermore the report provides personal stories from victims of human trafficking and commends stand-out citizens across the world who have made an impact on the fight against human trafficking. While the report does show tremendous improvements that many countries have made, it also emphasizes some of the key issues that governments still need to tackle. In his address during the unveiling of the report, Secretary of State John Kerry stated, “When we help countries to prosecute traffickers, we are strengthening the rule of law. When we bring victims out of exploitation, we are helping to create more stable and productive communities. When we stop this crime from happening in the first place, we are preventing the abuse of those who are victimized as well as the ripple effect that caused damage throughout communities into our broader environment and which corrupt our global supply chains. We all have an interest in stopping this crime.”
Each year the US Department of State releases a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP is a resource for governmental anti-human trafficking efforts worldwide as well as a way to engage foreign governments on this issue. The TIP looks at the global nature and scope of human trafficking along with actions to combat it. Each country included in the TIP is placed into one of three tiers. Countries’ placements are based on the extent of their governments’ compliance with Section 108 of the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act (TVPA), which puts forth “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.” Countries with a Tier 1 ranking are not free from the problem of human trafficking, but have acknowledged its existence, attempted to confront it, and comply with the standards set by the TVPA.
2012 TIP: Introductory material, countries A-C, D-I, J-M, N-S, T-Z/Special Cases, Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material
2011 TIP: Introductory material, countries A-C, D-I, J-M, N-S, T-Z/Special Cases, Relevant International Conventions and Closing Material.
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