Thailand steps up efforts to combat IUU Fishing and Human Trafficking
Secretary of State Blinken issues statement on National Freedom Day
The United States celebrates National Freedom Day on Monday, the day President Abraham Lincoln signed a joint resolution on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States.. “This is the day that, thanks to the decades-long efforts of Richard R. Wright and his fellow civil rights activists, we celebrate our commitment to the ideal of freedom for all,” said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
National Freedom Day is also the culmination of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. As Blinken recalled, today 24.9 million people worldwide are exploited by human traffickers..
“Our country is trying to overcome the consequences of both the transatlantic slave trade and the oppression of recently liberated people and their descendants,” the Secretary of State emphasized, assuring that the Department of State will do everything possible to intensify efforts to combat this problem at the global level, together with various international partners, organizations civil society and the private sector, as well as with Congress and US federal agencies.
“The State Department’s annual report on human trafficking allows us to predict new trends in this area, including in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our partners and provide assistance to ensure engage progress around the world,” he added..
The Department of State is also launching a new project involving a network of expert advisers on trafficking in persons to learn more about the links of institutional racism to trafficking in persons, and to determine how to integrate an equality-based approach into work..
“We must step up our efforts and renew our leadership role in the global fight to end trafficking in persons, reaffirming our commitment to engage constructively with victims and combat trafficking in all its forms,” concluded Blinken.
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