The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), a U.S.-based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking and forced labor, and of which Verité is a long-time member, recently released its Presidential Agenda for Ending Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. The report was delivered to President-elect Joseph Biden’s transition team on November 10, 2020 and highlighted specific actions that the incoming administration should take to combat human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.
Recommendations include taking a “whole of government” approach and harmonizing counter-trafficking efforts by the White House, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, State, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Education, Justice, and Homeland Security, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The report also calls for significant new investments in data and research as well as solutions that: emphasize prevention and address root causes; prioritize counter-trafficking in persons efforts in U.S. foreign policy; and expand resources for victims and survivors.
The U.S. Government currently spends approximately USD 250 million annually on anti-trafficking efforts, a small fraction of one penny on every dollar a trafficker earns. The report argues that the United States must significantly increase this investment in order to continue leading on trafficking issues globally and must strategically prioritize programs and funding that have a measurable impact on preventing human trafficking and forced labor.