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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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 2:00pm
2237 Rayburn House Office Building


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

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


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
    Written testimony
  • Dr. Mohamed Mattar, Executive Director, The Protection Project
    Written testimony
  • Ms. Neha Misra, Senior Specialist on Migration and Human Trafficking, Solidarity Center
    Written testimony
  • Ms. Mary C. Ellison, Director of Policy, Polaris Project
    Written testimony






112th Congress