Since its foundation, The Protection Project has been on the forefront of combating trafficking in persons by promoting the adoption of new legislation and effecting policy changes in order to enhance the protection of trafficking victims and increase awareness on the issue.
Trafficking in persons or human trafficking is a crime and a gross human rights violation that affects every country around the world. Article 3 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (Palermo Protocol), the main international legal document to address trafficking in persons/human trafficking, gives the following definition:
Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
In short, trafficking is movement of persons for the purpose of exploitation. To view trafficking routes with the United States as a country of origin or destination please click on the following links:
- Trafficking in Persons
- USA: A Country of Destination for Victims of Trafficking
- USA: A Country of Origin for Child Sex Tourism
About our Anti-Trafficking Work
The Protection Project is partnering with governments and non-governmental organizations in the United States and countries all over the world, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Lebanon, and many others to organize capacity building trainings on combating trafficking in persons. Legal Research: The Protection Projects conducts research and regularly updates its database on anti-trafficking legislation in the United States and abroad. The database includes the anti-trafficking law of every country including the United States, international conventions, and national action plans.
Conferences: Each November, The Protection Project organizes an annual conference analyzing specific issues related to trafficking in persons. Past conference topics include: The Procedural and Substantive Elements of Prosecuting Cases of Trafficking in Persons: Comparative Models and International Standards, The Five Elements of Civil Society: A New Approach to Participation in Combating Trafficking in Persons, The United Nations Protocol and the United States Trafficking Victims Protection Act: Ten Years Later, Trafficking in Persons as a Form of Violence Against Women, The Economics of Trafficking in Persons, Incorporating Trafficking in Persons in Human Rights Curricula in Universities in the United States and Abroad, and New Challenges in the Fight against Trafficking in Persons: Combating Child Sex Tourism and Child Pornography on the Internet.”
Legal Research: The Protection Projects conducts research and regularly updates its database on anti-trafficking legislation in the United States and abroad. The database includes the anti-trafficking law of every country including the United States, international conventions, and national action plans.