On October 11, President Donald J. Trump convened the first annual President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) meeting to discuss the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat human trafficking. There are an estimated 24.9 million victims of this global crime.
The PITF is a Cabinet-level entity, consisting of 15 U.S. departments and agencies, which work tirelessly to prosecute traffickers and protect survivors.
Members of the Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, comprised of survivor leaders appointed by the President, attended. The recipients of the 2018 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons were also honored at the meeting.
The Trump Administration is fighting human trafficking on all fronts through the following key initiatives:
- The United States is taking the lead to end this crime internationally, as the largest donor to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, a congressionally-funded U.S. foreign assistance program that seeks to achieve a measurable reduction in the prevalence of modern slavery in specific countries or regions. Total U.S. investment for this important Program has risen to $75 million.
- The U.S. Department of State’s Domestic Worker In-person Registration Program will expand to two new cities in 2019. This program was developed to enhance protection and oversight of foreign domestic workers employed by foreign mission and international organization personnel.
- The Department of State will release a new “Know Your Rights” video that will air in U.S embassies and consulates to increase visa applicants’ awareness of their rights, help them identify human trafficking situations, and lead them to both avoid and report suspicious activity.
- The Department of State just awarded a contract to create the Human Trafficking Expert Consultant Network, which will meaningfully incorporate survivor input into the Department’s anti-trafficking work, while compensating survivors for their expertise.
- And finally, the Trump Administration is pressuring authoritarian regimes to eliminate forced labor, sex trafficking, and the exploitation of children.
- The Administration is limiting the number of Tier 3 countries in the Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report that will receive national security waivers under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.