Tuesday, July 19, 2022, Washington, D.C. — International Justice Mission (IJM) welcomes the release of the 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) by the U.S. Department of State. The report, produced annually by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office), serves as an annual account of governmental efforts worldwide to prevent human trafficking, bring relief to victims, prosecute traffickers and support survivors of this brutal crime.
“Everyone should be free. And yet, through force, fraud, and coercion, human traffickers violate this most basic right. Traffickers’ exploitative practices affect every country in the world, including the United States, by diminishing and destroying our communities, sense of security, and the global economy,” said Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State. “This year’s Trafficking in Persons Report turns the spotlight to more clearly illuminate the impact of human trafficking on our global community and on actions we can take as individuals, and as a society, to combat this deplorable crime everywhere it occurs, especially in the most at-risk communities.”
“Human trafficking thrives on broken justice systems. U.S. foreign assistance and diplomatic tools make a difference in this crucial fight,” said Sharon Payt, IJM Vice President of Corporate and Government Partnerships. “The TIP report and well-directed grants by the U.S. government have assisted IJM and our partners in strengthening justice systems throughout the world to combat human trafficking. The findings in this year’s report will shed light on the state of the global fight against trafficking at this crucial moment where the overlapping crises of COVID-19, war in Ukraine, and climate change have created vulnerability to trafficking for millions living in poverty.”
“Sustained U.S. leadership, both in Congress and at the State Department, is vital to the ongoing fight against modern slavery,” said Nate King, IJM Director of Congressional Affairs. “IJM calls on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a confirmation hearing for Cindy Dyer, President Biden’s nominee for ambassador-at-large to monitor and combat trafficking in persons. Congress should also prioritize strong funding for anti-trafficking programs in the 2023 appropriations bill and reauthorize the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act as soon as possible.”
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About International Justice Mission:
International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects people in poverty from violence. IJM partners with local authorities in 27 program offices in 15 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and other forms of abuse against people who are poor. IJM works to rescue and restore victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and help strengthen public justice systems. Learn more at: IJM.org.