U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
White House, Washington, D.C.
January 5, 2105
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
Thank you, Secretary Kerry, and thank you to all of you in the room for your leadership on this urgent human rights issue.
The EEOC has made it a national strategic priority to protect victims of trafficking.
Often when employers and their agents engage in labor trafficking, they may also be violating anti-discrimination laws. Laws enforced by the EEOC-particularly those prohibiting discrimination based on race, national origin, and sex-can be crucial tools in combatting trafficking and obtaining compensation for victims.
Education and outreach remain important strategies to improve awareness and support trafficking identification and prevention. Since the last Task Force meeting, EEOC conducted approximately 380 anti-trafficking training events, reaching more than 24,000 attendees. We also trained staff and representatives of state and local fair employment practice agencies to identify victims of trafficking and discrimination and to develop cases on their behalf.
Data collection is also critical. Over the past year, we have updated our charge data systems so that we now can research and track human trafficking charges to improve our ability to monitor important trends and developments.
In addition, EEOC continues to pursue discrimination cases on behalf of trafficked workers. I would like to provide a brief update on three important cases:
Moving forward, EEOC will continue to vigorously enforce anti-discrimination laws on behalf of victims of trafficking. We look forward to partnering with you in this important effort.