The report launch was held on Friday, January 5, 2018 to commemorate the January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Washington D.C. Sponsored by Baker McKenzie, and hosted at its offices in Connecticut Avenue.
Polaris, a nonprofit organization located in Washington D.C. with global outreach, also saddled with the responsibility of maintaining and monitory the national human trafficking hotline- 1-888-373-8888 sponsored several survivors to attend the event by providing flight tickets and one night hotel stay.
The event was kicked off with an opening remarks by the Council’s secretary, Bukola Love Oriola, and moderated by the chairman of the Rule of Law Committee, Tina Frundt. It is helpful to know that the Council work in five committees – Rule of Law, Public Awareness, Victims Services, Labor Laws, and Grant Making. The committees help the Council focus on all the federal agencies that work and provide services on the issues of human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.
The 2017 report acknowledges the steps that federal agencies have taken in implementing the Council’s 2016 Annual Report Recommendations. It includes key takeaways from it’s regional trips to Minnesota and Washington states in 2017, and the work and structure of the Council.
You can watch a replay of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Releases Second Annual Report launch on the Council’s Facebook page.
The Council comprised of 11 survivor leaders who bring expertise and experience to advise and provides recommendations on federal anti-trafficking policies to the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF).
The Council was established on May 22, 2015 by section 115 of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), also known as the Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act.