Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – The purpose of the TVPA, passed by Congress in 2000, is to protect victims of human trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and prevent further trafficking. The TVPA is set to expire and will need to be reauthorized this year. To that end, Verité worked with other members of ATEST to presentrecommendations to members of Congressthat will help to ensure a comprehensive approach to end trafficking.
Engagement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) – The Department of Labor is charged with producing a list of goods from countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards. Congress recently expanded ILAB’s mandate to include goods produced with inputs made with child or forced labor. Verité collaborated with ATEST to submitcomments and recommendationsfor ILAB to effectively meet this new mandate and enhance its reporting efforts.
Engagement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on effective enforcement of the Tariff Act’s prohibition of imports of goods made with forced labor.