Statement by Callista L. Gingrich
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
July 30, 2018
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the United Nations’ World Day against Trafficking in Persons, established to raise awareness of this global crime, and to promote and protect those who suffer because of it. Human trafficking is one of the most tragic abuses of human rights of our time. More than 40 million men, women, and children worldwide are victims of human trafficking.
The United States is committed to ending this horrific practice. President Trump has pledged to bring the full force and weight of the U.S. government to combat this epidemic. As the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, I am fully dedicated to combating this global scourge. The United States and the Holy See share a common commitment to this endeavor.
I am likewise proud that the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See stands with organizations like Rani’s Voice – an anti-trafficking organization founded by Rani Hong – that work tirelessly to help free and support women, children, and men who are enslaved and exploited. These organizations are powerful forces of positive change on the frontlines of combating human trafficking.
The horror of human trafficking can and must be defeated and eradicated.
But no single government can do it alone. Governments, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and human trafficking survivors must work together to eradicate this scourge.
On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, we must reinforce our shared commitment to rid the world of modern slavery, once and for all.