National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2020

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 3 (Monday, January 6, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 3 (Monday, January 6, 2020)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 633-635]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-00065]
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Vol. 85
No. 3
January 6, 2020
Part IV
The President
Proclamation 9975--National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention
Month, 2020
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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.
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                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-

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