Secretary of State Clinton to Release 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report

Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 15, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, alongside leaders in Congress, will announce the release of the ninth annual Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:15 a.m. in the State Department’s Benjamin Franklin Room. Afterwards, at 12:00 p.m., Ambassador Luis C deBaca, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, will make remarks and respond to press queries in the State Department’s Briefing Room (Room 2209) at the top of the Daily Press Briefing.

The 175-country report is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons, a modern-day form of slavery. Its findings are intended to raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective actions to counter trafficking in persons. The assessment includes reports on 173 countries assigned ranks. Commentary on two additional countries, considered special cases, is also included.

This event is open for press coverage.

Pre-set time for Cameras: 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Final access time for writers and stills: 8:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

Advance Copies of the Embargoed Report

Embargoed copies of the report will be available on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:45 a.m. in the State Department Press Office (Room 2109). The report will be distributed in hard copy and CD-ROM format on a first-come, first-served basis – one copy per media organization. Copies will not be reserved, mailed, faxed or delivered to a building entrance. The entire report is EMBARGOED until the end of the press briefing at approximately 10:45 a.m. on June 16, 2009.

Electronic Access to the Report and Supporting Material

The full text of the report will be available for downloading from the State Department Web site at as soon as possible after the briefing on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. Photos of human trafficking are available on the State Department’s G/TIP Web site, //

Reporters who wish to schedule an interview with Ambassador deBaca after the report is released may contact Public Affairs Officer Ann Karl (202) 312-9644.

PRN: 2009/594