• September 2018
  • Vol. 19, No. 7

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Human Trafficking Report Emphasizes Empowering Communities as First Line of Defense

The U.S. State Department's most recent Trafficking in Persons Report focuses on steps local communities and their governments can take to combat human trafficking. The report focuses on local communities as the first line of defense against human trafficking and explores ways their governments can empower them to prepare local law enforcement, religious and tribal leaders, business executives, teachers, and other civic leaders to collaborate against this threat.

The report features several special interest topics, including the following:

  • The experience of confronting trafficking at the provincial level in Ontario, Canada
  • How to promote resilience and safety in former victims of human trafficking
  • Child institutionalization as a trafficking risk factor
  • Implementing a trauma-informed approach to serve trafficking survivors
  • The role of governments regarding domestic servitude in diplomatic households
  • Promising practices for tracking suspicious financial activity
  • Multilateral efforts to fight trafficking through global and regional engagement

The 2018 report is available at https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2018/ (8,500 KB).

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