Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett opened the meeting and discussed the importance of the issue to President Obama, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough stressed that human trafficking is a national security priority. Cabinet members and other agency deees highlighted recent accomplishments and the U.
On March 7,following a bipartisan effort by members of both chambers and with the support of a wide range of non-governmental experts and advocates, President Obama ed into law Pub. Throughout and intothe White House and PITF member agencies announced a of collaborative initiatives, programs, policies, and partnerships, including:.
The Executive Order outlines prohibitions on trafficking-related activities that will apply to all federal contractors and subcontractors, requires compliance measures for large overseas contracts and subcontracts, and provides federal agencies with additional tools to foster compliance.
When completed in the fall ofthe plan will be the first-ever comprehensive federal plan to coordinate and strengthen services for trafficking victims in the United States. The FBI recently completed the second of two training courses at Quantico. Upon completion of the second training course, the FBI trained law enforcement officials from nearly half of the nations in the Western Hemisphere, excluding the Caribbean island nations and Canada.
Under this partnership, DHS and DOT will work with Amtrak to train employees and Amtrak Police Department officers on how to identify and recognize indicators of human trafficking, as well as how to report suspected cases of human trafficking.
Customs and Border Protection CBP worked with DOT to release the Blue Lightning Initiative training, a training module and pocket guide that educates airline employees on how to identify human trafficking in airports or during flights and how to notify law enforcement.
This voluntary, advanced reporting allows CBP to research and formulate an appropriate response to suspected human trafficking incidents, including coordination with other federal agencies as needed. Airlines were consulted in the development of the training, and U.
Overseas missions are also being asked to harness LEWG expertise and relationships with host country law enforcement to bolster the U. In response, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security has received numerous inquiries from Regional Security Officers abroad and others about how they can contribute to this initiative.
Countries are being evaluated for a pilot project which will expedite and expand this initiative. Building on advancements made in years, the SPOG sustained these efforts through standing committees, as well as ad hoc working groups devoted to addressing victim services and issues related to federal procurement. The promising practices, drawn from all regions of the world, cover the core components of counter-trafficking programming prevention, protection, and prosecution and all forms of trafficking, whether for sex or labor, internal or international.
In reading the compendium, the SPOG hopes that practitioners and other key stakeholders will identify ideas and approaches for combating trafficking worth testing in their own countries and communities, and spur greater information-sharing. In addition to efforts undertaken via the PITF, in andfederal departments and agencies launched and continued to implement a of agency-specific anti-trafficking actions.
Sincethe TIP Report has encouraged the enactment of anti-trafficking laws throughout the world. Research has indicated a correlation between low tier rankings and new criminalization of trafficking in persons; in the year following a downgrade, governments are approximately twice more likely to pass an anti-trafficking law than in years. The TIP Report also has supported increased s of victims identified and traffickers brought to justice, and has prodded recalcitrant governments to take their first ificant anti-trafficking steps, planting the seeds for sustained political commitment to protection, prevention, and prosecution.
The film highlights the anti-trafficking heroes identified in the Trafficking in Persons Reportand honors the sesquicentennial by underscoring the similarities between the efforts of antebellum abolitionists and of current anti-trafficking heroes. The TIP Office will enter into a memorandum of understanding MOU by April to combine efforts, resources, and ideas in order to pursue this shared goal of augmenting pro bono legal services worldwide.
Employees under Chief of Mission Authority are prohibited from purchasing commercial sex, regardless of whether prostitution is legal in a host country or whether the activity takes place during or after working hours.
Civil service personnel overseas on temporary duty asments are subject to this prohibition. The policy will also be included in the upcoming Department-wide training on human trafficking.
The Department has continued to convey, via diplomatic channels, its policies and procedures for the employment of domestic workers, including a prohibition of wage deductions for meal expenses or lodging. DOS also hosted a briefing for foreign embassy Deputy Chiefs of Mission in April to remind the Missions of the requirements relevant to the employment of domestic workers; to relay the importance of t efforts to ensure that all domestic workers understand their rights and protections and that those employing them understand their contract obligations and responsibilities; and to promote a continued dialogue to address these issues.
The aim of the revision is to ensure that the U. ificant new regulations published in May, became immediately effective in time for the summer program season. In addition to a of other important elements, the rule prohibited jobs deemed dangerous to health, safety and welfare, and those considered inappropriate for a cultural exchange.
The Department undertook the largest ever monitoring exercise, visiting sites in 31 states over the summer, and sites in 24 states over the winter. The cap on program participation remained in place at , as did the moratorium on new sponsors. The overall of participants decreased ificantly in to 91, an important factor during this time of program reform. The Department removed State Department deations from three Summer Work Travel sponsors due to program violations and poor performance, and has initiated additional actions in DOS continued to consult and coordinate with a broad range of stakeholders, including civil society, advocates, and local governmental officials, as well as cabinet agencies.
Additional reforms, including a full Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and a final rule to encompass additional reforms are planned throughout Several bureaus in DOS will continue to actively monitor participants in the SWT program to ensure they are protected against abuses.
This PIB requires contractors to provide both a recruitment plan for hiring TCNs, as well as a detailed housing plan, as part of the initial proposal. The recruitment plan requires providing employees with contracts in their native language prior to departure from their home country, barring employees being charged recruitment fees for the contract, and clearly outlining benefits and salary deductions.
These projects address both sex and labor trafficking and support efforts focused on child sex tourism, demand reduction, debt bondage, and forced child labor. One innovative pilot program deed by the International Business Leaders Forum provides employment training for survivors of trafficking in the hospitality industry in three countries Brazil, Mexico, and Vietnamand has reported that many alumni are currently employed because of the effort.
Thirty-five percent of TIP Office-funded programs included a training component for civil society, 38 percent included a training component for judges, 51 percent included a training component for law enforcement, and 40 percent included a training component for prosecutors.
The TIP Office continued to fund a global project by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODCwhich has been working since to train members of civil society, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and government officials on the most effective ways to combat human trafficking.
Nearly 4. In calendar yearthe ILEAs trained over international law enforcement officials on counter-trafficking in persons topics. DOS conducts and funds numerous law enforcement, border security, fraudulent document detection, and criminal justice capacity-building programs that contribute to anti-trafficking efforts.
Through a variety of single-country, regional, and multi-regional IVLP projects lasting up to three weeks, participants met with their American professional counterparts, examined the global problem of trafficking in persons, and explored methods and best practices to prevent trafficking in persons, including prosecution of and enforcement against traffickers.
Participants also learned about initiatives to protect, assist, and provide social reintegration for victims of trafficking. For trafficking victims who wish to return home, the program provides travel and reintegration assistance to reduce the likelihood of re-trafficking.
Inthe program assisted two survivors of trafficking to voluntarily return home and helped family members trafficking survivors in the United States. Outreach to the NGO community has resulted in a ificant increase in case referrals for which DSS is the primary investigating agency. In one case, DSS arrested three labor providers, in Pennsylvania in Marchpursuant to a federal indictment for trafficking-related offenses.
The labor providers allegedly imported foreign national women to serve as domestic employees and harbored them for commercial advantage and personal gain. Some of the women alleged serious abuse by their employers. T and U visa training was also incorporated into the new five-day Foreign Service Institute FSI course for mid-level consular officers.
T and U visa training is already part of the mandatory FSI training for new consular officers. These projects worked to combat the worst forms of child labor, to increase outreach and support to migrant workers, and to raise awareness of existing labor rights and of the illegality of child soldier recruitment under national law.
Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally, accompanied by an Executive Order directing relevant agencies to implement the Strategy. The Strategy marshals U. Additionally, the U. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, includes protection from violence, including human trafficking, as a key objective. Through both of these policy frameworks, DOS will engage with multilateral, bilateral, civil society, and private sector partners and invest in programs to strengthen the prevention of trafficking in persons and the protection of trafficking survivors.
The Ambassadors met with representatives from the Haitian government focused on the law enforcement and social protection of children and with civil society focused on eradicating child exploitation. Working hand-in-hand, the Haitian government, community organizations, and international donors are partnering to protect Haitian girls and boys, and ensuring a stronger Haiti, free from violence.
Army Corps of Engineers. A link to "USFK video links 'juicy bars' with human trafficking" is available here. The document instructs the 28 different nations of the Alliance on monitoring their respective contractors and recognizing trafficking in persons violations.
Any contractor found to be trafficking in persons will be suspended upon an investigation and later debarred if found to be in violation. Prior to this clause, no such provision was found within NATO common funded requirements and their resulting contracts. As a result of this effort, a substantial increase in the completion of mandatory training was noted, allowing NSA to sustain high levels of compliance. The policy is projected for completion in mid Robert J. Several news articles were published, including a piece in Agency News.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy OFPPwhich provides overall direction for government-wide procurement policies, regulations, and procedures related to the acquisition processes, is incorporating and providing these inputs to Congress. DPAP staff is helping with development of the language for both supplements, along with companion language for the Policy Guidance Instructions. They also testified to being thrown down stairs, having their he smashed in car doors, having their legs burned with irons, and being scalded with boiling water.
One of the victims testified that Yarbrough forced her to engage in prostitution the entire time she was pregnant with his. The defendant is pending sentencing. The defendant targeted young women from Ukraine and Belarus who were without legal status in the United States, lured them into romantic relationships, and promised them a job, a place to live, and immigration assistance.
After gaining their trust, he branded them with tattoos to mark them as his property, confiscated their identification documents, brutally beat them, and forced them to work long hours in massage parlors and in prostitution. The defendant brought the minors into the United States with false passports claiming they were his own children, and then forced them to work for him for nearly five years.
The victims testified at trial that the defendant regularly beat them with broomsticks, a toilet plunger, ice scrapers, and phone chargers if they failed to obey his orders to cook, clean, hand wash and iron his laundry, polish his shoes, and wash and vacuum his car. In addition to force and threats of force, the defendant used food and sleep deprivation as punishment for the minors.
Three other defendants had ly pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme. Additional members of the scheme have been charged in Mexico as part of an ongoing U. Co-defendant Stephan Botsvynyuk was sentenced on July 17, to 20 years. Additional members of the criminal conspiracy are awaiting extradition or are fugitives.
At least four minor girls between the ages of were identified as victims. Co-defendant Harris was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Co-defendant Willie David Rice, who provided security at the house, was sentenced to four years in prison. InSullivan trained a year old girl to work for him as a prostitute and produced numerous photographs and videos of the minor engaging in sex acts.
The photos and videos documented the steps Sullivan took to prepare the minor for commercial sex acts. The Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force linked a missing child alert for a year-old girl from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children NCMEC to an advertisement that featured the missing girl on a website frequently used to advertise prostitution and escort services.
The victim confirmed that defendant Douglas kept all the money she earned through prostitution.