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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Multi-Sector Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
2255 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on how to strengthen multi-sectoral partnerships in the fight against human trafficking.

Human Rights First states that human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, holding captive an estimated 21 million victims. Since the Palermo Protocol in 2001, governmental, non-profit, and private sector initiatives have made important strides against the global epidemic of human trafficking, but closer partnerships across these sectors are needed to increase their effectiveness.

Different types of human rights abuses are manifested in the various forms of trafficking, and different sectors address these through complementary approaches. The 3P paradigm of “preventing the crime, protecting victims, and prosecuting traffickers” is a multi-pronged strategy implemented by sectors in different ways depending on the context in which each operates.  Greater communication, coordination and information-sharing among governments, businesses and NGOs working to combat trafficking would serve the best interests of those trapped in this violent enterprise.

Witnesses from each sector will present testimony on their experiences and share recommendations on how best to strengthen efforts against trafficking by fostering multi-sectoral initiatives

This hearing is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. The hearing will be livestreamed via YouTube on the Commission website, For any questions, please contact Jamie Staley (for Mr. Hultgren) at 202-226-1516 or or Kimberly Stanton (for Mr. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or  

Hosted by:

Randy Hultgren, M.C.                                    James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chair, TLHRC                                          Co-Chair, TLHRC


Panel I         

  • Laura Rundlet, Acting Deputy Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State

Panel II

  • Carlos Busquets, Director of Public Policy, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition
  • Tim Gehring, Policy Director, International Justice Mission
  • Annick Febrey, Senior Associate, Anti-Trafficking Campaign, Human Rights First

Opening Remarks

Rep. James P. McGovern, Opening Remarks: Multi-Sector Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking
Rep. Randy Hultgren, Opening Remarks: Multi-Sector Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking


Carlos Busquets, Multi-Sector Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking
Tim Gehring, Multi-Sector Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking
Annick Febrey, Multi-Sector Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking

Submitted for the Record

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Multi-Sector Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking




115th Congress