Chairman Smith on the Hearing: “The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report, required by the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act of 2000, has galvanized countries around the world to prosecute traffickers, protect victims and prevent human trafficking—but the report is only as powerful as its accuracy. Tragically, last year’s report inflated tier rankings of ‘friendly’ countries and was a lost opportunity to demand change for suffering victims.”

Opening Statements


Panel I

The Honorable Susan Coppedge
Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State
[full text of statement]

Panel II

Mr. David Abramowitz
Managing Director
Humanity United Action
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]


Hearing transcript (PDF)