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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

 

In December of 2011, US President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation establishing the month of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,  commemorating "the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation, which became effective on January 1, 1863, and the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery, which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln and submitted to the States for ratification on February 1, 1865."    During this month, according to the President, "we stand with all those who are held in compelled service; we recognize the people, organizations, and government entities that are working to combat human trafficking; and we recommit to bringing an end to this inexcusable human rights abuse."

 

The highlight of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month is January 11, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Actions: The Alliance to end Slavery and Trafficking urges calls/letters to Congress to the Reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Voice of America created this story about the initiative to raise awareness about Human Trafficking in the United States: