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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

International Human Trafficking and Forced Labor

Date: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 2:00pm
Location: 
Room 2237 of the Rayburn House Office Building

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on international human trafficking and forced labor.

The scourge of human trafficking and forced labor impacts every country in the world. The exploitation of women, men and children destroys basic human dignity and is one of the most challenging human rights problems due to its global reach. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates more than 21 million people were victims of forced labor this year, significantly higher than the 12.3 million victims reported in 2005. Despite the staggering numbers of victims, anti-trafficking advocates are developing innovative strategies to address this modern slavery at both the international and local levels, through an increasing focus on recruitment agencies and business transparency as well as the monitoring of supply chains.

In addition to assessing this major human rights challenge and considering potential solutions from a global perspective, this hearing will examine trafficking, sexual exploitation, and forced labor in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern Member of Congress Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf Member of Congress Co-Chair, TLHRC

Witnesses

Panel I

  • Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Panel II

  • Mr. Siddharth Kara, Author and Fellow, Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at Harvard University
  • Dr. Mohamed Mattar, Executive Director, The Protection Project
  • Ms. Neha Misra, Senior Specialist on Migration and Human Trafficking, Solidarity Center
  • Ms. Mary C. Ellison, Director of Policy, Polaris Project

Mr. Siddharth Kara: International Human Trafficking and Forced Labor [PDF] 
Dr. Mohamed Mattar: International Human Trafficking and Forced Labor [PDF]
Ms. Neha Misra: International Human Trafficking and Forced Labor [PDF] 
Ms. Mary C. Ellison: International Human Trafficking and Forced Labor [PDF] 

Transcript

Transcript [PDF]

Video 

PART I

PART II

PART III

112th Congress