“I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel.” The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII, “Letter to Albert G. Hodges” (April 4, 1864), p. 281.
These were the words of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of USA who abolished slavery in the United Sates of America one hundred and fifty years ago. In the recent times, human trafficking has become one of the forms of modern day slavery.
On December 2015, the President of the United States of America passed a Proclamation declaring the month of January as the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2016 re-dedicated towards “assisting victims of human trafficking and combating it in all its forms”. The Obama Administration has made addressing of human trafficking issues in supply chains has been addressed a priority.
It is stated that “the White House brought together the private sector and non-governmental organizations to discuss ways to prevent and eliminate trafficking-related activities in federal contracts and in private sector supply chains”. Various measures has been taken to combat and end human trafficking through the National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare, Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Then, the newly established Federal Office on Trafficking in Persons under the Department of Health and Human Services helps to ensure that trafficked victims can access the services they need.
Further, “[Obama] Administration has been working closely with technology companies and law enforcement to better utilize technology to combat human trafficking”. As a nation, the U.S. will continue to promote development and economic growth across the globe to address the underlying conditions that enable human trafficking to grow and spread. The President feels all nations have a part to play to make our world a safe place for all people – regardless of age, background, or belief. Human trafficking victims should be recognized and perpetrators are ought to be brought to justice and no one should be denied their human rights of freedom and dignity.
Thus, the President proclaimed January 2016 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1, 2016.
Here is the link to the full Presidential Proclamation – https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking