Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) today, at the U.S. Department of State.
As required by the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the TIP Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery. This year’s Report, is the 15th instalment and includes profiles for 188 countries and territories, including the United States and the United Kingdom. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the TVPA.
“This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains.
“The bottom line is that this is no time for complacency. Right now, across the globe, victims of human trafficking are daring to imagine the possibility of escape, the chance for a life without fear, and the opportunity to earn a living wage.” – John F. Kerry, Secretary of State
During the announcement, Secretary Kerry honoured the 2015 TIP Report Heroes, eight men and women whose relentless efforts have made a lasting impact on the global fight against modern slavery. Hope for Justice joins with the Secretary in celebrating these abolitionists, they are:
Ameena Saeed Hasan, Parosha Chandran, Moses Binoga, Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda, Betty Pedraza Lozano, Gita Miruskina, Tony Maddox, Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi