U.S. Embassy Marks World Day against Trafficking in Persons

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Inter-Agency Commission on Combating Trafficking in Persons and International Organization for Migration (IOM) held an informational campaign on Tashkent’s Broadway to recognize World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

“Trafficking in persons, also known as modern slavery or human trafficking, violates the most basic of human rights, including the right to life, liberty, and security; the right to be free from slavery and servitude; the right to be free from torture and cruel or degrading treatment; and the right to work in just and favorable conditions.  That is why the United States has made the global fight against human trafficking a top policy priority,” said Ambassador Rosenblum in his opening remarks.

The United Nations designated July 30 as World Day against Trafficking in Persons in 2013  to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

The United States has supported Uzbekistan’s efforts to combat human trafficking since 2002. During the past four years USAID, through its Dignity and Rights program implemented by IOM, and in partnership with the Government of Uzbekistan has assisted 1,541 victims of trafficking, vulnerable migrants, and victims of domestic violence in migration. More than 67,000 people, including vulnerable populations, students and migrants, received information and ad hoc consultations through info-campaigns.

“We are grateful for the efforts of all our partners in the government and non-governmental sector actively working to end this exploitation of men, women, and children.  While Uzbekistan has achieved notable progress in the fight against human trafficking over the past several years,  there is potential to further strengthen this campaign and eradicate human trafficking for good,” Ambassador Rosenblum said.