Elimination of Forced Labor

Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation— more than at any other time in history. The US alone, has an estimated 57,700 people trapped in modern slavery.  The problem is daunting, but the United States is committed to its eradication.

The ILO is a key US partner for achieving international rule of law to combat modern slavery and human trafficking. With support from the US government, the ILO has made continuous progress toward improving living and working conditions and adherence to international labor standards in countries around the world.

Funding from US Federal Agencies has enabled the ILO to develop further research aimed at understanding the extent of forced labor and human trafficking, implement evidence-based projects, and training to improve enforcement and ensure compliance with laws and regulations at the national level. Efforts have also included practical products including handbooks, training tools and surveys.

UN Security Council

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    ILO addresses the UN Security Council Debate on Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery, Forced Labor in Conflict Situations

    March 16, 2017

    Member States emphasized the need to stamp out criminal networks and terrorist groups involved in human trafficking.

What's happening in the U.S.

  1. DOS TIP Office

    The 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is now available!

    June 27, 2017

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosts the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony on June 27, 2017. - U.S. Department of State

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    Senator Bob Corker - United States Senator

    Corker: Bill to Launch End Modern Slavery Initiative to Become Law

    December 8, 2016

    The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA) overwhelmingly passed the Senate today and includes authorizing legislation for the End Modern Slavery Initiative. The initiative will help establish a powerful effort in concert with the private sector and foreign governments to eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking around the globe. NDAA will now be sent to the president’s desk to be signed into law.