March 20, 2009
MACON, Ga.- A team of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents from the Atlanta ICE Office of Investigations were recognized here today by Mercer University for their unyielding commitment to rescue victims of trafficking.
The ICE agents received the award during the university's conference titled "STOP Sex Trafficking: A Call to End 21st Century Slavery".
The ICE team was nominated for the award by Tapestri, a Georgia based non-governmental organization focused on increasing access to services in immigrant communities.
"We are honored that our agents have been recognized for their efforts to target human traffickers and rescue victims," said Kenneth A. Smith, special agent-in-charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Atlanta. "We also commend groups like Tapestri and Mercer University for their commitment to educating our community about how they can help law enforcement combat this problem."
ICE is the federal government's lead agency with responsibility for combating human trafficking. An estimated 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year, according to the U.S. Department of State. Victims are trafficked into the international sex trade and into forced labor situations throughout the world. Many of these victims are lured from their homes with false promises of well-paying jobs; instead, they are forced or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude, farm or factory labor or other types of forced labor.
ICE works in partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies to identify, rescue and provide assistance to trafficking victims. In collaboration with these other organizations and law enforcement agencies, ICE capitalizes upon its expertise, infrastructure and investigative resources to identify and rescue the victims of trafficking.
During fiscal year 2007, ICE initiated 348 human trafficking cases resulting in 164 arrests, 107 indictments and 91 convictions. Last year ICE initiated 2,503 human trafficking cases that resulted in 1,845 arrests, 1,234 indictments and 1,293 convictions.
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HOST AN EVENT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Helping victims of human trafficking is as simple as talking to a friend. Host an event and invite the community to discuss the exploitation of human beings. At this campaign, we are eager to spread the word and we'd like to talk at any community event about human trafficking and victim identification.
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-Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 -- Complete Report (PDF)
-Introductory Material (PDF)
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)
These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:
Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.
Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.
Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.
Encourage businesses! Be a responsible consumer! Inform yourself on the labour policies of companies to ensure their products are free from slave labour and other forms of exploitation. If possible, buy fair trade products.
Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
– President Barack OBAMA