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2019 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Washington DC – August 3, 2019 – Report By:  Dr. June Knight

On June 20, 2019, the Department of State hosted an event to celebrate people who fight against sex trafficking.

(Press Release) – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will unveil the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the U.S. Department of State.  Secretary Pompeo will be joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump.

As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect the victims.  This year’s report, the 19th installment, includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the United States.

During the ceremony, Secretary Pompeo and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, who has taken a leadership role in highlighting human trafficking as a priority for this Administration, will honor the 2019 TIP Report Heroes, men and women from around the globe whose tireless efforts have made a lasting impact on the fight against modern slavery. Following the ceremony, many of the Heroes will travel to cities across the United States to engage with the American people through an International Visitor Leadership Program.

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SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Welcome.

First, I want to welcome all of the human trafficking survivors in attendance here today. You are all heroes. This is a very special morning. You are all standing up to ensure that no one else suffers the abuse that you endured. And we are proud of your commitment and inspired every minute by your courage.

Let me also thank Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump for joining us here today and for continuing to speak out with absolute moral clarity on the issue of human trafficking. She calls it what it is: modern-day slavery.

I’m also honored to welcome members of Congress from both parties. If there was ever an issue that was bipartisan and transacts the politics of the moment, human trafficking is most certainly it.

That’s also clear from the attendance today of all the living former heads of the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Office from the past two administrations. Thank you all for being here, and welcome.

And finally, we’re glad to see ambassadors and representatives from around the world who have joined us today. Human trafficking is indeed a global crisis, and it requires a global response. So thank you all for being here and coming to join us this morning.

In just a moment, we’ll salute those who are leading the fight against human trafficking: Our 2019 TIP Report Heroes.

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Dr. June Knight is a White House Correspondent. She has published seven (7) books and can be purchased at  Dr. June holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Master’s Degree in Corporate Communications with Minor in Mass Communications and a Doctor in Theology. Dr. June spent six (6) years traveling the country, serving ministries and assisting them to achieve their goals in marketing and communications. She trained teams across this country on how to do media and best practices in communicating their visions from God. Due to her extensive travels, raising three children who are called of the Lord, went to bible college with two of those children, and interviewing over 400 ministers across this country; Dr. June now provides a voice in the governmental sphere about Christianity viewpoints. Dr. June covers news and interests mainly from the White House and the Department of State.  The Lord sent her to Washington DC on October 9, 2018 with $9.00 and a suitcase on the Greyhound Bus. The Lord has taken care of her ever since. Now he has supplied her with a beautiful apartment, new furniture, car, clothes, new TV equipment, and all she needs to accomplish the mission here in Washington DC. If you would like to donate to help her continue being a voice for the Christians in the White House, please donate here.

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