MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROOM
WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 20, 2019
AMBASSADOR RICHMOND: Good morning and welcome to the Department of State. My name’s John Richmond, and I am delighted that you all are here for the rollout of this year’s Trafficking in Persons Report and to honor these eight TIP heroes.
Let me give you a quick word about this morning’s program. Secretary Pompeo will begin by giving the keynote remarks. And following that, Secretary Pompeo and Mrs. Trump will honor our eight heroes who have dedicated their careers to fighting trafficking, despite resistance and opposition as they move towards justice.
After the presentation of the awards, we’ll hear brief remarks from one of this year’s TIP heroes, and then I will give a few remarks before you’re able to pick up your copy of the Trafficking in Persons Report in the Thomas Jefferson Room.
Secretary Pompeo states, “Human trafficking is a local and a global problem. Shockingly, many victims never leave their hometowns. I think the focus of this report appropriately reflects that challenge. National governments must empower local communities to identify and address trafficking in specific forms prevalent in the areas in which they live. The report identifies a few success stories too, like Senegal, where the government identified a growing problem of child begging rings, ran campaigns to raise awareness among the public, convicted perpetrators, and provided care to many, many victims.”
Ivanka Trump stood there with the Secretary to pose as the heroes were presented.