Each year, the U.S. Department of State honors outstanding individuals around the world who are fighting to end human trafficking. These Heroes have devoted their lives to combating the crime. These individuals have included NGO workers, lawmakers, government officials, individuals with lived experience of human trafficking, and concerned citizens. They are recognized for their tireless efforts – despite some working in challenging environments where human trafficking concerns remain pervasive and facing resistance, opposition, or threats to their lives – to protect victims, punish offenders, and mitigate the underlying factors that cause vulnerabilities traffickers often target. Despite the new challenges brought on by a global pandemic, these TIP Report Heroes have gone above and beyond to elevate human trafficking as an urgent priority for governments and communities to work together to address.
The TIP Report Heroes were honored this year at a virtual ceremony during the release of the 2021 TIP Report. ,They will soon embark on a virtual Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to network and collaborate with U.S. government officials and human trafficking advocates. Together with the local leaders in the United States, they will collaborate on best practices, lessons learned, and further anti-trafficking responses in their respective home countries. The TIP Report Heroes will be virtually visiting with partners in Minnesota and Miami.
Learn more about the TIP Report Heroes here: https://www.tipheroes.org