Dear friends and partners in the fight for freedom,
It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report. We are eager for your insight as we seek to understand the trafficking situation on the ground, both here in the United States and around the world. The year 2020 presented highs and lows for the anti-trafficking movement. It marked the 20th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and adoption of the United Nations Palermo Protocol. It also engulfed the world in a historic pandemic that traffickers exploited, exacerbated conditions for victims trying to rebuild their lives, and required responders to adapt rapidly to constantly changing circumstances.
Through your work on the front lines to combat human trafficking, you see the way governments are confronting this challenge. You know which practices are succeeding and where efforts are falling short. Whether you are contributing to this struggle halfway around the world or right here in the United States, your observations will be critical to the Department of State as we draft the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report. I cannot overstate the importance of this “request for information” to our work at the Trafficking in Persons Office and urge all within the anti-trafficking community to respond. Details on this request can be found in the Federal Register Notice here. Please also refer to the guide for submitting responses . The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2021.
As we have in previous years, we invite you to submit information about:
- New trends in human trafficking and key observations of the current trafficking situation;
- Examples of governments’ successes and challenges in prosecution, victim identification and protection, and efforts to prevent trafficking;
- Lessons learned in combating trafficking, including examples of effective anti-trafficking laws, policies, and programs;
- Examples of promising practices in incorporating survivor input into anti-trafficking policies and programs; and
- Information on how COVID-19 and government shutdowns have changed traffickers’ methods, how they have affected governments’ anti-trafficking efforts, and how governments have adapted.
Finally, please submit any current public awareness campaign materials, such as trafficking-related photos, billboards, posters, murals, or art. These may be featured (with credit) in the 2021 Report. Please submit these in high resolution (1 MB or more) digital image files.
I am confident that your contributions will help make a Trafficking in Persons Report that sets the standard for reporting on government efforts to stop traffickers, care for survivors, and bring an end to the crime. In a time where we remain limited in our ability to operate as normal, we thank you for taking the time and effort to contribute to the Trafficking in Persons Report.
All the best,
John Cotton Richmond
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State