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US anti-trafficking push will align with Trump goals

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Subject

The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report.

Significance

The US State Department released its 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on June 29 in a high-profile launch that featured Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Senior White House Advisor Ivanka Trump and Ambassador Susan Coppedge, the department’s anti-trafficking office chief. The 2017 reporting process straddled two administrations: the Obama White House compiled the data, but the rankings of individual countries were ultimately decided by the administration of President Donald Trump.

Impacts

  • Congress may restrain outreach to Malaysia and Myanmar (both upgraded) over the trafficking of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.
  • Trump is unlikely to exercise his legal ability as president to grant protection to trafficked undocumented immigrants.
  • Washington may raise the trafficking of North Koreans for forced labour in China if the White House sees little progress on weapons testing.
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