FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2012
Equality Now concerned that governments are lauded while victims languish
New York, NY – This past Tuesday, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton officially released the 2012 TIP report, stating at the ceremony, “Many governments have rallied around what we call the three P’s of fighting modern slavery: prevention, prosecution, and protection. And this report…gives a clear and honest assessment of where all of us are making progress on our commitments and where we are either standing still or even sliding backwards.” This annual report, self described as the world’s most comprehensive resource of anti-human trafficking efforts and mandated by the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), professes to reflect the “U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue.” However, while Equality Now applauds the report’s comprehensive approach to victim support and protection, several conspicuous omissions and backsliding on the issue of prevention are concerning, including:
“While we welcome the report’s critical focus on putting the needs of victims and survivors at the center of anti-trafficking efforts, we are concerned about the disconnect between certain countries’ high rankings, particularly on efforts to reduce demand, and what we’re hearing from our partners on the ground,” stated Yasmeen Hassan, Global Director of Equality Now.