USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Applauds President Obama’s Leadership to Combat Trafficking of Human Beings Worldwide

September 25, 2012   

(Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) today praised President Obama’s initiatives to end human trafficking and modern slavery, which he addressed in a speech in New York City.  During his speech the President called for greater international efforts to end the practice which harms more than 20 million people around the globe, and for more assistance to care for survivors.   The President also signed an Executive Order to strengthen protections against trafficking in persons in federal contracting overseas. USCRI is one of the nation’s largest service providers to victims of human trafficking.

“The President’s leadership is very welcome today.  His strong remarks help all of us who work to end human trafficking,” said Lavinia Limón, President and CEO of USCRI. “Victims of human trafficking are men, women and children; they come from all parts of the world, and they are trafficked for many purposes, as President Obama said. At USCRI we serve them, and help them to rebuild their lives.  The President has shown again today that the United States is a good partner in these efforts.”

“One group of traffickers that the President identified today was organized crime,” said Tricia Swartz, who oversees USCRI’s programs to assist trafficking victims. “Children are often forced to commit horrible crimes, even sometimes forced to kill or be killed by members of organized gangs.  Among its other efforts, USCRI actively works to ensure that these children are out of harm’s way of traffickers, out of organized crime's hands, and that victims are put into safe care when legally permissible.” 

In his speech today, the President said that “our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it.”

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USCRI has been protecting refugees, serving immigrants and upholding freedom since 1911.

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