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Campaign Against the Trafficking Of Women and Girls:

Act Now!

Write to the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The U.S. State Department releases yearly reports assessing whether countries have taken steps to eliminate trafficking in persons. These reports are significant for two reasons. They are a major step toward implementation of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act passed in October 2000, and will be the basis for deciding which countries will be subject to U.S. government sanctions starting in 2003.

Human Rights Watch criticized the first three trafficking in persons reports, issued in 2001, 2002, and 2003 because of a number of shortcomings. In order to ensure that international efforts to stop trafficking of people are not only symbolic, but also supported by real action, the report must be improved. In our analysis of the 2003 Trafficking report, several problems were identified and require immediate attention.

  • Write to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and urge them to improve their 2004 Trafficking Report. Sample Letter is available here.

  • Please send copies of your letters to the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch to our New York Offices or our email

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