Grassroots victory against human trafficking

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Sometimes, in our daily lives, there are concrete victories when a quote comes rushing with clarity to the forefront of our minds, and we’re reminded why [...]

Report card on ourselves

My last blog was about the 9th annual global Trafficking in Persons Report rolled out this week by the Secretary of State.   One of the most important aspects of the rollout is not the Report.  It’s the concurrent Report on the fight against human trafficking within the United States compiled by the [...]

A state-of-the-art global report

This week Secretary of State Clinton and my successor as anti-trafficking ambassador, former anti-slavery prosecutor Luis CdeBaca, rolled out the annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The rollout embodied the bipartisan and inter-branch support of the anti-slavery issue which I experienced as ambassador. This report is an invaluable tool to nudge and prod [...]

Human rights journalists sentenced to labor camps

When I heard about the detention of two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, by North Korean authorities in March, my first thought focused on their courage and the importance of their mission to document the little-reported stories of North Korean refugees in China.  The Committee for Human Rights in North [...]