Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As delivered by Hawa Ghaus
Human Rights Council – 50th Session
June 21, 2022
Thank you, Mr. President and Special Rapporteur.
The United States’ December 2021 National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking demonstrates our commitment to the fight to end human trafficking, including by addressing and preventing forced labor in global supply chains.
Anti-trafficking efforts outlined in the National Action Plan are directly linked to our broader efforts to address inequities for members of marginalized groups and the needs of underserved individuals, families, and communities.
We recognize that women and girls, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQI+ people, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, migrants, and children are among the most vulnerable to human trafficking. The intersectional effects of climate change on these communities further compound their vulnerabilities and risks.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign outreach initiative raises national public awareness for recognizing the indicators of human trafficking to support our response to possible cases.
Additionally, the Department of State currently coordinates with our allies and partners on 107 bilateral, regional, and global projects to address human trafficking challenges in 97 countries.
Question: How can we advance global efforts to combat human trafficking and respond to the unique needs of marginalized groups?
I thank you.