On December 3, the White House released the updated National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Human Trafficking, an integrated federal response to address this global crime that affects an estimated 25 million people around the world, including adults and children coerced into sex trafficking or forced labor.
USAID is committed to carrying out the updated NAP to Combat Human Trafficking, which is aligned with the Biden-Harris Administration’s priorities on gender and racial equity and commitment to workers’rights and ending forced labor in global supply chains. It also serves as an important component of advancing the Administration’s priority of ensuring safe, orderly, and humane migration. Since 2001, USAID has invested more than $340 million in 83 countries and regions to fight human trafficking. Tailored to vulnerable and marginalized local populations, our Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) programs build local capacity in governments, the private sector, and civil society, including faith-based organizations, to combat this global crime.
Additionally, USAID is pleased to announce a revised USAID C-TIP Policy, which will be released in December 2021. This updated Policy, which aligns with the NAP, highlights our commitment to ensuring trafficking survivors have the opportunity to inform government policy and programs, expanding interagency coordination, and promoting partnerships with all sectors of society to build local capacity.
USAID recognizes that we cannot do this work alone. The NAP emphasizes the importance of a whole-of-government approach and working in partnership with survivors, civil society organizations, independent media, private sector, members of the judiciary and law enforcement, faith leaders and community-based organizations. Collectively, we will work to uphold the dignity of trafficking survivors and combat the heinous crime of human trafficking.