Secretary Clinton’s Oft-Forgotten Work on Human Trafficking


Until very recently, high level government officials did very little to confront domestic human trafficking.

In fact, the department of state’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report did not even include the U.S. for much of its existence, essentially ignoring the trafficking occurring within its own borders every year. So much for “the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts” that “reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue.”

That changed when Hillary Clinton became secretary of state.

For the first time, the 10th issue of the report–released in 2010–included a ranking of the United States. In her introduction, Secretary Clinton said: “The United States takes its first-ever ranking not as a reprieve but as a responsibility to strengthen global efforts against modern slavery, including those within America. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it.”

In her remarks at the release, Secretary Clinton noted that we are also reporting on the United States of America because we believe it is important to keep the spotlight on ourselves.”

Megabytes have been filled with discussions of Hillary Clinton’s many accomplishments as secretary of state. Her work to highlight and combat human trafficking deserves more attention.