Media Note
Washington, DC
September 9, 2009


The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons is pleased to announce the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force is the official Community Partner for “A Night at the Park – Freedom for All” at the September 10 Washington Nationals v. Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Game at the Nationals Stadium. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Luis CdeBaca will receive a pre-game Spirit Award for his outstanding service in the fight against trafficking.

Ambassador Luis CdeBaca was appointed by President Barack Obama to direct the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State, where he serves as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is the United States’ lead envoy in the global fight against contemporary forms of slavery.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. CdeBaca was one of the country's most-decorated federal prosecutors. He was honored with the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award as lead trial counsel in the largest slavery prosecution in United States history. Mr. CdeBaca was instrumental in drafting the United States’ anti-trafficking law, and in developing the victim-centered approach to combating modern slavery. He has convicted dozens of traffickers and helped to liberate hundreds of victims from servitude.

The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) leads the U.S. Government’s efforts to fight human trafficking by developing and implementing the State Department’s policy for the protection of trafficking victims, prosecution of traffickers, and prevention of trafficking. Each year, G/TIP submits to Congress the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) on foreign governments’ efforts to eliminate severe forms of trafficking in persons. The Department of State views the TIP Report as a tool to increase awareness, highlight efforts of the international community, and encourage foreign governments to take effective action against all forms of trafficking in persons.

Ambassador CdeBaca and a Nationals Media Representative will be available for interviews. Please contact Public Affairs Specialist Molly Lynn Westrate for interviews at (202) 647-1233 or WestrateML@state.gov.



PRN: 2009/883