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International Human Trafficking and Forced Labor

Hearing Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:00 PM Room 2237 of the Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will take place at 2:00 PM on 11/28/2012, in Room 2237 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
2:00 PM
Room 2237 of the Rayburn House Office Building
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on international human trafficking and forced labor.

The scourge of human trafficking and forced labor impacts every country in the world. The exploitation of women, men and children destroys basic human dignity and is one of the most challenging human rights problems due to its global reach. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates more than 21 million people were victims of forced labor this year, significantly higher than the 12.3 million victims reported in 2005. Despite the staggering numbers of victims, anti-trafficking advocates are developing innovative strategies to address this modern slavery at both the international and local levels, through an increasing focus on recruitment agencies and business transparency as well as the monitoring of supply chains.

In addition to assessing this major human rights challenge and considering potential solutions from a global perspective, this hearing will examine trafficking, sexual exploitation, and forced labor in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Panel I
Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Panel II
Mr. Siddharth Kara, Author and Fellow, Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at Harvard University
Dr. Mohamed Mattar, Executive Director, The Protection Project
Ms. Neha Misra, Senior Specialist on Migration and Human Trafficking, Solidarity Center
Ms. Mary C. Ellison, Director of Policy, Polaris Project

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC

Frank R. Wolf
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC


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