Technology & Human Trafficking

Watch a short video about CCLP's most recent report on Technology & Human Trafficking

CCLP's Technology & Trafficking Initiative began in 2010 with a meeting convened in Washington, D.C. by CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan with Alec Ross, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior adviser for Innovation, and Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, head of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

In September, 2011 the USC Center on Communication Leadership & Policy released a comprehensive report examining the role of social networking sites and online classified ads in facilitating human trafficking.The full report can be found at:

The Technology and Trafficking in Persons Research Project is an initiative of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy created to study the current use and broader implementation of information communication technologies in the international fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.

According to the U.S. trafficking2012_cover_300x234.jpgDepartment of State's 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report, it is estimated as many as 27 million people around the world are victims of modern slavery, what we sometimes call trafficking in persons (TIP).

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2012. [Click here for more video and text transcript.]

Since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (2000), international relief organizations, law enforcement agencies, and government institutions, led by the United States Department of State, have collectively improved the global strategy to combat human trafficking. Additionally, under the direction of the United Nation's Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, or Palermo Protocol, international governments have established the foundation for long term success with the "3P" paradigm of prevention, criminal prosecution, and victim protection.

Regardless of whether it is coordinating law enforcement operations or providing survivors with medical and social services, communication and information sharing are critical to lasting success.

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debaca.jpgCCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons & Alec Ross, Senior Advisor to Secretary Clinton

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