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Prosecution: No More Impunity for Offenders – Better Protection for Victims Rights

Session 2 AS PREPARED There are roughly 6,000 trafficking prosecutions globally every year. Six thousand – when our best estimate on a number of victims worldwide is 20 million. This... Read More

Prevention: A Broad Concept and Targeted Measures to Decrease the Risks of Trafficking in Human Beings

Session 3 AS PREPARED In September 2012, President Obama announced at the Clinton Global Initiative a new Executive Order titled, “Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts” which... Read More

Protection: Immediate, Tailored to Individual Needs and Unconditional Assistance, and Long Term Social Inclusion

Session 4 AS PREPARED In September 2012, President Obama announced that we would develop a comprehensive strategic action plan to help survivors of human trafficking in the United States get... Read More

International Cooperation: A Precondition for a Coordinated Response from Government Agencies and Civil Society

Session 5 AS PREPARED The United States is committed to the idea that mixed migration flows must be addressed in a collaborative and effective manner. We have learned through our... Read More

Closing Session Statement: Strengthening the OSCE Response to Trafficking in Human Beings

Closing Session AS PREPARED Over the past two days, representatives from governments, international organizations, and civil society came together to discuss strengthening the OSCE’s response to trafficking in human beings. ... Read More

Joint Statement by 33 Nations on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The United States and 32 other countries sponsored the following statement at HRC 23 under Item 8 The Statement was read by Norway. Mr. President, On this 20th anniversary of... Read More

Cross Regional Statement on Freedom of Expression on the Internet

The following statement was read by Tunisia on behalf of 70 countries Mr President, I have the honor of addressing the Human Rights Council on behalf of Algeria, Argentina, Australia,... Read More

Strengthening the OSCE Response to Trafficking in Human Beings

Opening StatementTrain Flight Attendants, Others, and Create Unified Hot Line June 10, 2013 In January of 2000, I received actionable information that eight Ukrainian women were being exploited by sex... Read More

Assessment of the Current Trends of Trafficking in Human Beings for All Forms of Exploitation

Session 1 AS PREPARED The United States thanks the Chairman in Office for organizing this high-level event in Kyiv and for the initiative of selecting the issue of combating trafficking... Read More

Secretary Kerry Video Remarks Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

Hello! I wanted to take a moment to join people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month. This month is about the assertion of equality... Read More

U.S. Calls for the Resignation of Special Rapporteur Richard Falk

AS DELIVERED The United States completely rejects and condemns the irresponsible call by Mr. Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, to investigate a legitimate and UN-accredited NGO,... Read More

Labor Issues in Bangladesh

AS PREPARED Good morning. Thank you Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker and all the members of the committee for this opportunity to speak with you today regarding labor issues in... Read More

U.S. Statement on the Adoption of the Working Group’s Report on Botswana’s Universal Periodic Review

AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. The United States welcomes the recent efforts by the Government of Botswana to respond to many of the recommendations made here during its UPR... Read More

Testimony: Labor Issues in Bangladesh

Good morning. Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting the Department of Labor to participate in this important and timely hearing concerning labor... Read More

Stemming the Tide: Confronting the Rise of Global Anti-Semitism

Good morning. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to come before a group which is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, promoting democratic values, and standing up for fair treatment... Read More

Op-Ed by Vice President Joe Biden in The Wall Street Journal: The Americas Ascendant

The following op-ed by Vice President Joe Biden appeared today in print in The Wall Street Journal. Biden: The Americas Ascendant The spread of free trade and democracy has been... Read More

U.S. Statement of HRC 23 Annual Full-Day Discussion on Women’s Human Rights

We welcome the opportunity these panels present to evaluate the work done over the past 20 years to eliminate violence against women and girls and to plan the next steps... Read More

U.S. Condemns Racially Motivated Acts and Supports Negotiations in Mali

The United States supports an urgent negotiated resolution to Kidal that will permit the return of civil administration so that presidential elections can be carried out in the entire Malian... Read More

Testimony: U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Relations

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, thank you for holding this hearing. We appreciate your concern about the human rights situation in Vietnam, and are pressing the government for... Read More

Testimony: U.S. Relations with Vietnam

Mr. Chairman, Mr. Faleomaveaga, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you very much for inviting me here today to testify on the United States’ relationship with Vietnam. It is also... Read More


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