Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Earlier today, the US State Department released its annual report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP). The 2012 report may be found here. The report estimates that there are 27 million men, women and children who are victims of trafficking worldwide.
Each year, in conjunction with the release of the annual TIP Report, the U.S. Department of State
honors individuals from around the world who have devoted their lives to fighting human trafficking. These “TIP Report Heroes” include NGO advocates, lawyers, police officers, scholars, and concerned citizens who engage in tireless efforts to protect trafficked persons, to hold traffickers accountable for their crimes, and to raise public awareness of this worldwide problem.
Tomorrow, the Open Society Foundations will host the first public question and answer session ever to be held with the TIP Report Heroes. This event presents a prime opportunity for the general public to engage the heroes in discussions regarding their work and their perspectives on current efforts to combat human trafficking worldwide. The event will be held at Open Society Foundations, 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006 on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 9:30am – 11:00am.