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The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, headed by Acting Director Kari Johnstone, leads the United States' global engagement against human trafficking, an umbrella term used to describe the activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service.

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"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."

– President Barack Obama


The Earthquake of Freedom

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Ambassador CdeBaca (Nov. 12): "The crime of modern-day slavery [is] a crime that requires us to look at our own situation domestically, as well as overseas. As Secretary Kerry has said, 'If the cries of those who are enslaved around the world today were an earthquake, then the tremors would be felt in every single nation, on every continent, simultaneously.'" Full Text»


2014 Trafficking in Persons Report

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Secretary Kerry (June 20): "More than 20 million people, a conservative estimate, are victims of human trafficking. And the United States is the first to acknowledge that no government anywhere yet is doing enough." Full Text» Briefing» Report» Fact Sheets»


Journey to Freedom: Freedom Center Documentary

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Journey to Freedom tells the true stories of two men, 21st Century Cambodian Vannak Prum and 19th Century American Solomon Northup, who were sold into slavery more than 150 years apart. Transcript» Fact Sheets» More»