The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the United Nations and the global community in recognizing July 30 as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. It is a day set aside for world citizens to raise awareness of the heinous crime of human trafficking and defending and protecting the rights of victims and their families.

Trafficking in persons is an international challenge impacting every corner of the globe; in developed and developing countries; and in every society. Many of the world’s most vulnerable populations, such

as women and children, forcibly displaced persons (refugees, internally displaced and stateless people), victims of conflict and natural disaster, and those living in extreme poverty are at risk of being trafficked for sexual and labor exploitation. Human trafficking is not only a law enforcement issue to combat, it is an issue for all humanity and for all those who care about human rights.

“On any given day, there are millions of people living in slavery around the world. No country is free of these challenges,” stated Imad Hamad, AHRC’s Executive Director. “AHRC-USA stands firmly in solidarity with the victims of human trafficking, and calls on all governments, civil society, religious leaders, and individuals to continue to work together to eliminate modern day slavery,” added Mr. Hamad.

AHRC is committed to combating human trafficking in Michigan and abroad and is a proud member organization of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF). The Task Force is a collaboration of more than 90 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, non-profits, and community members working to prevent human trafficking in Michigan.

For more information of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, please visit the United Nations. For information on Trafficking in Persons in countries around the world, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. For more information on human trafficking in the State of Michigan, please visit the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.

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