LIRS fights human trafficking on a number of fronts. Among other things, we’ve been working to increase U.S. funding for trafficking assistance through the congressional appropriations process, encouraging our lawmakers to back the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) with new protections for children, and supporting legislation to prevent child trafficking.
All of these areas were brought into sharper focus by the State Department’s June 19 release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. The unveiling of this year’s edition of the annual report sheds light on more aspects of the problem than can be counted here, so downloading the whole document via the link above is the best way to get the big picture. But it’s worth noting some of the standout material, which comes in the form of short boxed information on more narrowly focused topics. These include:
- The Psychological Aftermath of Human Trafficking
- Victim’s Empowerment and Access
- Child Soldiers
- Disabilities as a Risk Factor
These deeper dives into trafficking topics come with some good news. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at the report’s release:
Twenty-nine countries were upgraded from a lower tier to a higher one, which means that their governments are taking the right steps. This could mean enacting strong laws, stepping up their investigations and prosecutions, or simply laying out a roadmap of steps they will take to respond.
We’re encouraged by these steps forward and welcome the release of the 2012 State Department report, but we know there is a long road ahead. Please stay tuned to this blog to learn about actions you can take to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking!