A proclamation on National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2022

Human trafficking, whether it takes the form of forced labor, sex trafficking or other offenses, is a heinous abuse of power and a deeply immoral crime that undermines safety, health and dignity. millions of people around the world. During National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment to protect and empower survivors of all forms of human trafficking, prosecute traffickers and end human trafficking in the United States and around the world.

My administration is committed to ending human trafficking wherever it occurs. This month we released the update National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking – a whole-of-government approach to addressing human trafficking in the United States and abroad. The plan links anti-trafficking initiatives with our broader efforts to tackle illicit financing; advance gender and race equity; extend the rights and dignity of workers; and promote safe, orderly and humane migration.

My administration is also committed to ensuring that our justice system holds accountable anyone or entity involved in this horrific crime – and that our national and global economic systems provide no safe haven for forced labor or other abuse. In addition to helping survivors on the road to recovery, we also need to learn from their expertise to better detect trafficking crimes that are often hidden in plain sight, bring perpetrators to justice, and improve our prevention efforts. Since human trafficking disproportionately impacts racial and ethnic minorities, women and girls, LGBTQI + people, vulnerable migrants and other historically marginalized and underserved communities, our anti-trafficking mission human beings must always be linked to our broader efforts to advance equity and justice in our society.

During National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, let us resolve to fight injustice and strengthen our commitment to strive for dignity and freedom for all. The National Trafficking in Persons Helpline (1-888-373-7888) is an important resource for reporting advice or seeking help.

THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by authority conferred on me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, hereby proclaim January 2022 National Human Trafficking Prevention. Month. I call on businesses, civil society organizations, faith communities, families and all Americans to recognize the vital role we play in the fight against human trafficking and to observe this month with programs and initiatives. appropriate activities aimed at preventing all forms of trafficking in human beings.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have appended my signature this thirtieth day of December, in the year of grace two thousand and twenty-one and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.


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