2 0 1 1 T RA FF I C K IN G IN P ER S ON S RE P OR T
Potential achievements of an intragovernmental anti-trafficking body: » Integrate domestic and international
strategies and activities to ensure each agency’s efforts advance a shared vision and avoid internal contradictions.
» Maximize impact of anti-trafficking efforts by reducing duplication.
» Institutionalize a high profile and
a high level of prioritization for anti-trafficking actions within the government.
» Offer a forum for civil society and
the public to provide feedback on governmental coordination, policies, and implementation.
Actress and activist Demi Moore stands with Anuradha Koirala and Maiti Nepal clients in Kathmandu.
» Encourage dialogue between agencies and promote new ideas.
» Provide a forum to advance
implementation of relevant laws and assess effectiveness of implemented policies.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads a February 2011 meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force on human trafficking, the interministerial coordinating body for the United States.
“It was hard to trust at first because I was thinking maybe I said too much. You have to keep information secret because you never know where it goes.” Russian woman trafficked to the United States, on the impulse to withhold information from law enforcement after developing distrust of club owners and others in her pimps’ network
for a more extensive interview after the victim has been assisted by a non-governmental service provider. When mounting a rescue for which there has been advance notice, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents now use a pre-packed care kit that contains a casual shirt and pants, underwear, socks, and basic toiletries, and they will often provide victims with temporary housing so they can sleep and eat before being interviewed. Relationships between law enforcement agencies and service providers are extremely beneficial; the latter can be available during a pre-planned trafficking raid, and the former can have reliable referrals at a moment’s notice. At best, NGOs could participate in raid planning so that they are prepared to engage quickly and bring their insight into the victims’ particular culture or ethnic community.
Published on Jun 26, 2012