Everyone deserves to be free, but over 40 million people are trapped in slavery today. On Thursday, June 25, the U.S. State Department released the 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report ranks 187 countries, including the U.S., on their efforts to combat human trafficking — modern day slavery. As Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission says, “Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern-day slavery, but nothing will ever happen until we are.” Our members of Congress have the chance to rise above the partisan bickering of the day and recommit themselves to protecting the integrity of the TIP Report and the American-led programs that help rescue slaves and put their perpetrators behind bars. We’re counting on our lawmakers to tip the scales toward justice. If we can summon sufficient political courage, we can end slavery in our lifetime.

https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-TIP-Report-Complete-062420-FINAL.pdf

Carmen Hamper

Ashtabula

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