USTR Commits to Implementing the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking

December 03, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Biden-Harris Administration today released the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.  As a member of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is committed to contributing to the successful implementation of this plan by working to ensure there is no place for forced labor in a fair, rules-based international trading system.
The National Action Plan is built on a whole-of-government, survivor-informed approach to combat human trafficking consisting of four pillars: (1) prevention of human trafficking; (2) identifying, assisting, and protecting the victims of human trafficking; (3) dismantling human trafficking networks and holding traffickers accountable; and (4) enabling prevention, protection, and prosecution through partnerships and collaboration.   
“In releasing the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, President Biden stated that ‘there is no more pernicious abuse of power than human trafficking,’” Ambassador Katherine Tai said. “At USTR, we will use the power of trade to be a force for good and will continue to address forced labor and human trafficking in global supply chains.
“Despite important progress, we know there are over 25 million workers – including women and children – that are forced to work against their will in harsh conditions. Their voices must be heard and we must continue to work on their behalf each day. The Biden-Harris Administration’s National Action Plan reflects our sense of urgency and the concrete actions the federal government will take in partnership with survivors, foreign governments, multilateral institutions, and businesses to eradicate this abuse of power and combat human trafficking.”