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Jan. 25, 2022
Human trafficking erodes the rule of law, the safety of our communities, the security of our borders, and the strength of our economy. This crime transcends borders and necessitates a global coalition to confront it – one that cuts across government, business, civil society and is founded in partnership between them all.
To that end, I convened today the Administration’s first meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Agencies from across the government shared their initiatives to address this crime, with a special focus on what’s new in those efforts, including through the implementation of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.
In the year ahead, the State Department affirms our dedication to:
We remain deeply committed to combating human trafficking and recognize that we all have a role to play – as individuals and a society, in coordination across the whole of government.
I also presented the 2021 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons to fierce and tireless advocates in this battle: Tanya Gould, Survivor Leader, and Expert, for her commitment to the fight against human trafficking and for raising national awareness of the issue, and to the Thai Community Development Center, an NGO based in Los Angeles, California, that has provided critical direct services to survivors of human trafficking for more than 25 years. Their leadership inspires us all.
Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State