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President Obama’s Executive Order re: Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts

September 25, 2012

The President’s Executive Order: (1) Prohibits contractors and subcontractors from engaging in specific trafficking-related activities; (2) Applies new, tailored compliance measures for larger contracts performed abroad; (3) Establishes a process to identify industries and sectors that have a history of human trafficking to enhance compliance on domestic contracts; (4) Augments training and heightens agencies’ ability to detect and address trafficking violations. It requires: (1) Formal Annual Certifications confirming that neither they nor their employees engaged in any trafficking-related activities, and, if violations were identified, that they took appropriate remedial and referral action; (2) Prevention to ensure that their employees do not engage in trafficking-related activities; (3) Compliance Plans in cases of contracts exceeding $500 million and involving services to be performed abroad; and (4) Self-Reporting of any activities that are “inconsistent with” the Executive Order.

U.S. Department of State

Trafficking in Persons (TIPS) Report (2012)

June 2012

Luis CdeBaca (U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons): “This year’s Trafficking in Persons Report focuses on how to make victim protection—part of the 3P Paradigm of prevention, prosecution, and protection—most effective for helping survivors get their lives back on track. In these pages are specific guides and examples of what victim protection looks like when it succeeds, as well as when it fails.” U.S. Narrative: “The United States is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children – both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals – subjected to forced labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude, and sex trafficking.”