Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 14, 2012


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will chair the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the White House. Those attending include Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Director of National Intelligence LtGen James R. Clapper, Jr., USAF (Ret.). U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett. Representatives from the Departments of Transportation and Education, the Domestic Policy Council, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Management and Budget will also participate.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 authorized the President to establish the President’s Interagency Task Force (PITF) to coordinate federal efforts to combat human trafficking. The PITF is chaired by the Secretary of State and meets annually.

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons leads the United States Government’s global fight against contemporary forms of slavery. The office was created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. Ambassador at Large Luis CdeBaca directs the Department of State’s anti-trafficking efforts within the Office of Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights under the leadership of Under Secretary María Otero.

Video of this event will be streamed live at whitehouse.gov.

Media interested in covering this event should RSVP to Tim Mulvey (mulveyt@state.gov) by Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. Press who do not have a White House hard pass must include their social security number, date of birth, country of citizenship, current city/state of residence and gender. Members of the press should arrive at the White House no later than 9:30 a.m. and will be escorted to the event from the briefing room.



PRN: 2012/381