Secretary Kerry Hosts the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 29, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry will unveil the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at 9 a.m. on June 30, 2016, at the Department of State.

As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat human trafficking. This year’s report, the 16th installment, includes narratives for 188 countries and territories, including the United States.

During the ceremony, Secretary Kerry will honor the 2016 TIP Report Heroes, nine men and women from around the globe whose tireless efforts have made a lasting impact on the fight against modern slavery.

The event is open to the press and will be streamed live on

Pre-set time for cameras is 8 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Final access time for writers and still photographers is 8:30 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 photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver's license or passport).

For more information, visit // and follow @JTIP_State, or please contact Mai Shiozaki in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at or 202-312-9855.