North American Partners Increase Cooperation on Services for Victims of Trafficking in Persons

Media Note
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Washington, DC
September 22, 2014


The U.S. Department of State, joined by other U.S. agencies, met on September 22 with government officials from Canada and Mexico to discuss best practices in providing services to victims of human trafficking. Law enforcement, criminal justice, service provision, and policy development experts discussed efforts to identify, protect, and provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking. Discussions focused on victim identification, capacity building and training, access to services for victims and identifying service gaps. Non-governmental organizations working with trafficking victims spoke with officials to provide insight on best practices and concerns regarding victim identification and protection.

This meeting follows a commitment by President Barack Obama, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada at the 2014 North American Leaders Summit to fight human trafficking and help its victims. The full text of the joint statement can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/19/joint-statement-north-american-leaders-21st-century-north-america-buildi.