Today, President Obama told a town-hall of young entrepreneurs in Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will reduce human trafficking in the region. Unfortunately, the leverage and reward elements of this policy haven’t been effective, as implemented with the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report and associated funding.
Read more in Dr. Mehlman-Orozco’s most recent article in the Diplomatic Courier, here.
Dr. Mehlman-Orozco’s recent article, Sex Slaves or Prostitutes? How Human Trafficking is Hidden in Plain Sight in America’s Capital, received praise from leading anti-trafficking non-profit Global Centurion.
Global Centurion is led by Laura J. Lederer, former Director of The Protection Project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons to Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula J. Dobriansky, and then Senior Director of Global Projects in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State (2001-2009).
Global Centurion is dedicated to eradicating modern slavery by focusing on the demand side of the problem – the perpetrators, exploiters, buyers, and end-users of human beings, seeking to prevent modern slavery at its source.
According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, nearly 50% of states failed to report data on human trafficking offenses and convictions. Of those that did provide data, 46% reported zero human trafficking offenses and convictions. Interact with the InfoGraphic below to find more information on your state.