Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the 2012 United States Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report June 19 reviewing the efforts of 186 countries to combat the scourge of modern day slavery. This year’s report, entitled “the Promise of Freedom,” calls on every government, including the
Some may ask why the
Because of concerted international action called for in the “Palermo Protocol” to United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and in the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act, this quest for freedom is now embodied in modern anti-trafficking laws and international protocols that punish traffickers while providing services and legal recourse to victims. Thanks to the actions of governments, civil society organizations, and courageous individuals, the tide is turning. In releasing the report, Secretary Clinton also honored this year’s “TIP Heroes,” men and women whose personal efforts have made an extraordinary difference in the global fight against modern slavery. You can read their stories in the TIP report, which can be found on-line at www.state.gov/j/tip).
Over the past year, the United States Embassy in Georgetown and the Government of Guyana have forged an active and productive dialogue on Trafficking in Persons aimed at strengthening Guyana’s ability to prosecute offenders, protect victims, and prevent future cases of TIP. Our senior officials held a digital video conference to align perspectives and chart closer cooperation. We also worked together to hold a workshop on TIP identification, investigation, and prosecution for over thirty government and civil society representatives. This dialogue and engagement clearly reflects the commitment of the government and people of
This year’s report observes that
While the report concludes that
The report also points out that there were no prosecutions of trafficking offenders and no substantial progress on previously initiated prosecutions. This highlights a potentially serious lack of accountability for trafficking perpetrators.
To address these challenges, the TIP Report offers several constructive recommendations to strengthen
1) hold trafficking offenders accountable by vigorously and appropriately investigating and prosecuting forced prostitution and forced labor;
2) develop standard operating procedures to guide and encourage front line officials and NGOs in identifying and protecting victims;
3) foster a climate of open dialogue on trafficking; and
4) consider developing a working level task force to track reports and investigations.
In the spirit of transparency and partnership, the TIP Report contains a ranking and narrative of
No country is immune from modern slavery, and both the