National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2020, 633-635 [2020-00065]

Download as PDF 633 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 3 Monday, January 6, 2020 Title 3— Proclamation 9975 of December 31, 2019 The President National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2020 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Human trafficking erodes personal dignity and destroys the moral fabric of society. It is an affront to humanity that tragically reaches all parts of the world, including communities across our Nation. Each day, in cities, suburbs, rural areas, and tribal lands, people of every age, gender, race, religion, and nationality are devastated by this grave offense. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to eradicate this horrific injustice. Trafficking crimes are perpetrated by transnational criminal enterprises, gangs, and cruel individuals. Through force, fraud, coercion, and sexual exploitation of minors, traffickers rob countless individuals of their dignity and freedom, splinter families, and threaten the safety of our communities. In all its forms, human trafficking is an intolerable blight on any society dedicated to freedom, individual rights, and the rule of law. Human trafficking is often a hidden crime that knows no boundaries. By some estimates, as many as 24.9 million people—adults and children— are trapped in a form of modern slavery around the world, including in the United States. Human traffickers exploit others through forced labor or commercial sex, and traffickers profit from their victims’ horrific suffering. The evil of human trafficking must be defeated. We remain relentless in our resolve to bring perpetrators to justice, to protect survivors and help them heal, and to prevent further victimization and destruction of innocent lives. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with FR_PRESDOCS This year marks nearly 20 years since our Nation took decisive steps in the global fight against human trafficking by enacting the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and nearly 15 years since the United States ratified the United Nations’ Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (Palermo Protocol). Both the TVPA and the Palermo Protocol established a comprehensive framework for combating human trafficking by establishing prevention programs, creating victim protections, and advancing prosecutions under expanded criminal statutes to usher in the modern anti-trafficking movement domestically and globally. These two measures illustrate a global consensus on the issue, and yet as a Nation we must continue to work proactively to foster a culture of justice and accountability for this horrific crime. My Administration is committed to using every available resource, strengthening strategic partnerships, collaborating with State, local, and tribal entities, and by introducing innovative anti-trafficking strategies to bring the full force of the United States Government to help end this barbaric practice once and for all. In January 2019, I was proud to sign both the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, reaffirming our commitment to preventing trafficking in all forms. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:11 Jan 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06JAD0.SGM 06JAD0 634 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 3 / Monday, January 6, 2020 / Presidential Documents With my resolute support, executive departments and agencies are steadfastly continuing the battle to abolish this form of modern slavery. In October 2019, the 19 members of my Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons convened to highlight significant accomplishments in our sustained, whole-of-Government fight against human trafficking. The Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative, led by the Department of Justice, more than doubled convictions of human traffickers in ACTeam districts. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security initiated more than 800 investigations related to human trafficking and the Department of State launched its Human Trafficking Expert Consultant Network, comprised of survivors and other subject matter experts, to inform its anti-trafficking policies and programs. The Department of Health and Human Services continues to provide funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and in Fiscal Year 2018 it funded victim assistance programs that provided benefits and services to more than 2,400 victims. For the first time, the Department of Transportation committed $5.4 million in grants to the prevention of human trafficking and other crimes that may occur on buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. The Office of Management and Budget also published new anti-trafficking guidance for Government procurement officials to more effectively combat human trafficking in Federal contracting. The inherent dignity, freedom, and autonomy of every person must be respected and protected. Despite the progress we have made and the momentum we have built toward ending human trafficking, there is still more to be done. This month, we renew our resolve to redouble our efforts to deliver justice to all who contribute to the cruelty of human trafficking, and we will tenaciously pursue the promise of freedom for all victims of this terrible crime. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with FR_PRESDOCS NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2020 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual observation of National Freedom Day on February 1, 2020. I call upon industry associations, law enforcement, private businesses, faithbased and other organizations of civil society, schools, families, and all Americans to recognize our vital roles in ending all forms of modern slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities aimed at ending and preventing all forms of human trafficking. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:11 Jan 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06JAD0.SGM 06JAD0 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 3 / Monday, January 6, 2020 / Presidential Documents 635 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortyfourth. 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Vol. 85

Monday,

No. 3

January 6, 2020

Part IV





The President





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Proclamation 9975--National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention 
Month, 2020


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 85 , No. 3 / Monday, January 6, 2020 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 9975 of December 31, 2019

                
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention 
                Month, 2020

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Human trafficking erodes personal dignity and destroys 
                the moral fabric of society. It is an affront to 
                humanity that tragically reaches all parts of the 
                world, including communities across our Nation. Each 
                day, in cities, suburbs, rural areas, and tribal lands, 
                people of every age, gender, race, religion, and 
                nationality are devastated by this grave offense. 
                During National Slavery and Human Trafficking 
                Prevention Month, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment 
                to eradicate this horrific injustice.

                Trafficking crimes are perpetrated by transnational 
                criminal enterprises, gangs, and cruel individuals. 
                Through force, fraud, coercion, and sexual exploitation 
                of minors, traffickers rob countless individuals of 
                their dignity and freedom, splinter families, and 
                threaten the safety of our communities. In all its 
                forms, human trafficking is an intolerable blight on 
                any society dedicated to freedom, individual rights, 
                and the rule of law.

                Human trafficking is often a hidden crime that knows no 
                boundaries. By some estimates, as many as 24.9 million 
                people--adults and children--are trapped in a form of 
                modern slavery around the world, including in the 
                United States. Human traffickers exploit others through 
                forced labor or commercial sex, and traffickers profit 
                from their victims' horrific suffering. The evil of 
                human trafficking must be defeated. We remain 
                relentless in our resolve to bring perpetrators to 
                justice, to protect survivors and help them heal, and 
                to prevent further victimization and destruction of 
                innocent lives.

                This year marks nearly 20 years since our Nation took 
                decisive steps in the global fight against human 
                trafficking by enacting the Trafficking Victims 
                Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and nearly 15 years since 
                the United States ratified the United Nations' Palermo 
                Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking 
                in Persons, Especially Women and Children (Palermo 
                Protocol). Both the TVPA and the Palermo Protocol 
                established a comprehensive framework for combating 
                human trafficking by establishing prevention programs, 
                creating victim protections, and advancing prosecutions 
                under expanded criminal statutes to usher in the modern 
                anti-trafficking movement domestically and globally. 
                These two measures illustrate a global consensus on the 
                issue, and yet as a Nation we must continue to work 
                proactively to foster a culture of justice and 
                accountability for this horrific crime.

                My Administration is committed to using every available 
                resource, strengthening strategic partnerships, 
                collaborating with State, local, and tribal entities, 
                and by introducing innovative anti-trafficking 
                strategies to bring the full force of the United States 
                Government to help end this barbaric practice once and 
                for all. In January 2019, I was proud to sign both the 
                Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and 
                Protection Reauthorization Act and the Trafficking 
                Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, reaffirming our 
                commitment to preventing trafficking in all forms.

[[Page 634]]

                With my resolute support, executive departments and 
                agencies are steadfastly continuing the battle to 
                abolish this form of modern slavery. In October 2019, 
                the 19 members of my Interagency Task Force to Monitor 
                and Combat Trafficking in Persons convened to highlight 
                significant accomplishments in our sustained, whole-of-
                Government fight against human trafficking. The Anti-
                Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative, led 
                by the Department of Justice, more than doubled 
                convictions of human traffickers in ACTeam districts. 
                Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security 
                initiated more than 800 investigations related to human 
                trafficking and the Department of State launched its 
                Human Trafficking Expert Consultant Network, comprised 
                of survivors and other subject matter experts, to 
                inform its anti-trafficking policies and programs. The 
                Department of Health and Human Services continues to 
                provide funding for the National Human Trafficking 
                Hotline, and in Fiscal Year 2018 it funded victim 
                assistance programs that provided benefits and services 
                to more than 2,400 victims. For the first time, the 
                Department of Transportation committed $5.4 million in 
                grants to the prevention of human trafficking and other 
                crimes that may occur on buses, trains, and other forms 
                of public transportation. The Office of Management and 
                Budget also published new anti-trafficking guidance for 
                Government procurement officials to more effectively 
                combat human trafficking in Federal contracting.

                The inherent dignity, freedom, and autonomy of every 
                person must be respected and protected. Despite the 
                progress we have made and the momentum we have built 
                toward ending human trafficking, there is still more to 
                be done. This month, we renew our resolve to redouble 
                our efforts to deliver justice to all who contribute to 
                the cruelty of human trafficking, and we will 
                tenaciously pursue the promise of freedom for all 
                victims of this terrible crime.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim January 2020 as 
                National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention 
                Month, culminating in the annual observation of 
                National Freedom Day on February 1, 2020. I call upon 
                industry associations, law enforcement, private 
                businesses, faith-based and other organizations of 
                civil society, schools, families, and all Americans to 
                recognize our vital roles in ending all forms of modern 
                slavery and to observe this month with appropriate 
                programs and activities aimed at ending and preventing 
                all forms of human trafficking.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord 
                two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and forty-
                fourth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

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