Department of State and DLA Piper Partner To Prevent Abuses in Domestic Work Globally

Since 2013, the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) and New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s nonprofit affiliate that provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world, have maintained a public-private partnership to increase the availability of pro-bono legal resources and tools to combat human trafficking.

On June 30, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the partners created a package of model documents to help prevent the global problem of abuses in domestic work. Grounded in international law, the documents set forth clear standards for the protection of domestic workers whose employment in private homes increases their vulnerability and isolation. The first pair of documents is a model contract and addendum for domestic workers to use with their employers. The third is a memorandum of understanding between countries sending and receiving migrant domestic workers.

The public-private partnership was announced on April 9, 2013, at the White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking, which highlighted the Obama Administration's accomplishments in the fight against modern slavery. The partnership is dedicated to increasing the availability of pro bono legal resources and training for legal professionals to ensure they have the tools they need to address this crime and support survivors.

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