Laws on labor, immigration, partner violence, sex work, and the most basic human rights affect the prospects of trafficked persons and their traffickers. Policy makers influence the many faces of human trafficking both intentionally and unintentionally, and even directed anti-trafficking initiatives can have unintended consequences.
Obama Administration Human Trafficking Fact-Sheet
President Obama’s landmark speech against modern slavery had bi-partisan support and is significant for strengthening the zero-tolerance policy on human trafficking on federal, state, and local levels, including US governmental overseas subcontractors.The speech also proposed to support training of personnel who are likely to come into contact with trafficked persons. Additional resources will be channeled to combatting the problem, and a strategic action plan will be developed. Scope: United States History:September 25, 2012
Scope: United States
History:September 25, 2012
Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children a.k.a. Palermo Protocol
Supplements the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. The first global, legally binding instrument with an agreed definition on trafficking in persons. Encourages a “3P” approach of Prevention, Victim Protection, and Prosecution to combating trafficking. Scope: International History: Signed in 2000, entered into force in December 2003
History: Signed in 2000, entered into force in December 2003
Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 a.k.a. TVPA
This act, a division of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-386), is the first law expressly combating trafficking to be passed in the United States. The act serves as a model to be expanded upon by individual states. The TVPA defines human trafficking, establishes an annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report and an inter-agency anti-trafficking task force, guarantees survivors’ services and support, and urges the prosecution and punishment of traffickers. Scope: United States, individual states History: Signed into law in January 2000.
Scope: United States, individual states
History: Signed into law in January 2000.