Hillary Clinton to chair President Obama’s Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton chaired the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons today at the White House.

Those who participated the meeting included Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Director
of National Intelligence LtGen James R. Clapper, Jr., USAF (Ret.). U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, and Senior Advisor to the President
Valerie Jarrett. Representatives from the Departments of Transportation and Education, the Domestic Policy Council, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Management and Budget will also participate.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 authorized the President to establish the President’s Interagency Task Force (PITF) to coordinate federal efforts to combat human trafficking. The PITF is chaired by the Secretary
of State and meets annually.

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons leads the United States Government’s global fight against contemporary forms of slavery. The office was created by the Trafficking Victims Protection
Act (TVPA) of 2000. Ambassador at Large Luis CdeBaca directs the Department of State’s anti-trafficking efforts within the Office of Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights under the leadership of Under Secretary María Otero.