Cuba’s, North Korea’s Records on Human Trafficking Focus of Tuesday, March 22 House HearingState Department’s Annual TIP Report Approaches; House Panel to Hear from Human Rights Groups
After the controversy of the U.S. State Department’s 2015 trafficking report—its main instrument to combat human trafficking—the soon-to-be-released 2016 report will be the topic of a hearing planned by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House congressional panel that oversees global human rights issues. Smith is the author of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a law which mandates the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
“Get It Right This Time: A Victims-Centered Trafficking in Persons Report,” is the title of the hearing to be held before the House Foreign Affairs Committee subcommittee on global human rights set for March 22. The 2016 TIP report is being compiled and expected to be released soon. “The 2015 TIP Report was marked by well-founded criticism that political concerns trumped honest evaluation of the actual records of some countries on fighting trafficking, and significantly—and unjustifiably—padded their tier rankings,” Smith said.
Who: Members of the House global human rights subcommittee, and witnesses:
When: Tuesday, March 22 at 2 p.m.
Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167 (first floor)