Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, WASHINGTON, D.C. — International Justice Mission (IJM) applauds the confirmation of Cindy Dyer as the next Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State (TIP Office). With over two decades of experience at local, national and international levels, Dyer is well-positioned to lead the TIP Office and serve as the top U.S. diplomat on initiatives to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
Political and climate migration, food insecurity, and the global pandemic have left marginalized communities even more vulnerable to exploitation. The advent and advancement of technology has opened doors for new forms of abuse, including the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). As a human rights expert, prosecutor, nonprofit leader, and federal civil servant, Dyer has the proven experience required to successfully direct the TIP Office.
“I will draw upon the many tools available to the TIP Office – diplomacy, foreign assistance, robust interagency coordination mechanisms, and survivors’ expertise – to prevent this crime from taking place, protect the victims, and prosecute the traffickers,” wrote Dyer in her testimony.
“We are pleased to see the confirmation of Ambassador Dyer to this critical role that serves as a bridge between the U.S. government and vulnerable people trafficked around the world,” said Sharon Payt, Vice President of U.S. Corporate and Government Partnerships, IJM. “We look forward to collaborating together on solutions to combat this heinous crime.”