2016 Trafficking in Persons Report

US Secretary of State Kerry released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which is now available online6. The TIP Report is one of the most important international tools on human trafficking for governments. He commented: “If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate that abuse in the future or that we can afford to avert our eyes. Instead, we should be asking ourselves-what if that victim of trafficking was my daughter, son, sister, or brother?”


“This year’s TIP Report asks such questions, because ending modern slavery isn’t just a fight we should attempt-it is a fight we can and must win.” The TIP Report is significant not only for its diplomatic uses in government, but for NGOs and civil society actors engaged in the fight to end human trafficking.                                –Tori Larson