Secretary Kerry Hosts the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 24, 2015


Secretary of State John Kerry will release the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at 10:00 a.m. on July 27, 2015, at the U.S. Department of State.

As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the TIP Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery. This year’s Report, the 15th installment, includes narratives for 188 countries and territories, including the United States. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the TVPA.

During the announcement, Secretary Kerry will honor the 2015 TIP Report Heroes, eight men and women whose tireless efforts have made a lasting impact on the global fight against modern slavery. Names of the 2015 TIP Report Heroes will be released during the launch.

The event will be open to credentialed members of the press and streamed live on 2009-2017.state.gov. Follow the event using @JTIP_State, @StateDept, #TIPHeroes, #EndSlavery, and #HumanTrafficking during the event and during the Secretary’s remarks at @StateDeptLive.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Final access time for still photographers and journalists: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event 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 card (driver's license, passport).

For more information, contact the Press Office at 202-647-2492 or Mai Shiozaki in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at shiozakim@state.gov 202-312-9855. Also, visit //2009-2017.state.gov/j/tip/.