Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will announce the release of the 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report today at 16:30 in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.  The Report will be posted at 13:00 on Monday, June 14 and may be accessed at www.state.gov/g/tip.

The 177-country report is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons, a modern form of slavery. Its findings are intended to raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective actions to counter trafficking in persons. The assessment includes reports on 175 countries assigned ranks, including the first-ever ranking of the United States.

Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons announced, “This year, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of two landmark efforts to combat modern slavery. Ten years ago, President Clinton signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act into law. And, that same year, the world came together at the United Nations and set international standards with the negotiation of the Palermo Protocol.  And since then, thousands of victims have been helped; thousands of traffickers have been arrested and prosecuted.”