There are heroes among us who fight the scourge of trafficking every day. But everyone ultimately has a role in ending human trafficking. Each year, the U.S. Department of State honors individuals from around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight to end modern slavery. These individuals are NGO workers, lawmakers, police officers, and concerned citizens who are committed to fighting against human trafficking. The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes are honored in Washington, D.C. before travelling across the United States to meet with civil rights, local, and legal groups across the country on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
Boom Mosby, a 2017 TIP Report Hero from Thailand, believes that “in the end, when facing the evil of human trafficking, we are all confronted with a choice: do nothing, or do something.” She stated that “when looking at this choice, I call upon the government, leadership, and ordinary citizens of every country, to follow our Late King’s example, and look after their people as their children.”
Ameena Saeed Hasan, a 2016 TIP Report Hero from Iraq, was recognized for her courageous efforts on behalf of the Yezidi religious minority in northern Iraq. “Each of us has the capacity to make a difference on the ground,” she said. Parosha Chandran, from the United Kingdom, added: “Don’t close your eyes to modern slavery. It is what the traffickers want.”
During their IVLP exchange, the TIP Report Heroes meet with local American individuals and organizations committed to anti-human trafficking efforts. These relationships create the networks between the United States and countries around the world that will help end modern slavery.
Follow the Heroes on social media at #EndTrafficking.