Statement by USAID Administrator Mark Green on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Office of Press Relations

Today, on the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, we are reminded that trafficking in persons, also known as modern slavery, is a crucial development challenge, and an abuse of human rights that affects an estimated 25 million people globally. Human trafficking represents a threat to international peace and security. It undermines the rule of law, robs millions of their dignity and freedom, enriches transnational criminals and terrorists, and threatens public safety and national security everywhere. Today, we salute the courage of those who devote their lives to combat modern slavery, including survivors, and pledge our support to their cause.

Since 2001, the U.S. Agency for International Development has invested more than $290 million to combat trafficking in more than 30 countries.

Click here for more information about the Agency's approach and programs to counter trafficking in persons.

Last updated: October 10, 2019

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