U.S. Administration Should Fill Ambassador-At-Large Position To Monitor, Combat Human Trafficking
Foreign Policy: The Fight Against Human Trafficking Is Too Important for Trump and Pompeo to Ignore
Mark P. Lagon, chief policy officer at the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and Olivia Enos, policy analyst at the Asian Studies Center of the Heritage Foundation
“…[A]s May gives way to June, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons still lacks an ambassador-at-large as it prepares to release its annual Global Report on Trafficking in Persons — one of the department’s most potent tools. … At present, there is also no interagency plan of action to address severe international and domestic human trafficking challenges, and one that was in the works recently got scrapped. … Apart from lacking a capable person in charge, an issue of enduring bipartisan interest is in danger of languishing. … The administration must move quickly if it wishes to have a meaningful impact on the trafficking debate. It should fill the ambassador-at-large position … The fight against human trafficking has strong bipartisan support. With an envoy in place and a strong policy agenda, the United States has the real possibility of shrinking and ultimately abolishing this form of modern slavery” (5/30).