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Why is this dialogue taking place?

An estimated 16 million people are currently victims of labor trafficking globally. Labor traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity while delivering enslavement. They use violence, threats, lies, and other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will. Common types of labor trafficking include people forced to work in homes as domestic servants, farmworkers threatened with violence to harvest crops, and factory workers held in inhumane conditions with little or no pay.

The United States government is committed to preventing human trafficking and prioritizing resources to vigorously prosecute offenders, assist victims, and provide prevention education. Effectively combating labor trafficking requires agencies to focus on prevention, protection, and prosecution, and to enhance collaboration. Aiming to improve the United States government’s institutional capacity to combat this crime will lead to improved outcomes across multiple goals. In the 20 years since trafficking became a federal crime, the United States government has made significant progress in adapting its institutions to combat this threat effectively.

This whole-of-government approach enhances opportunities to better partner together in this effort. In particular, information gaps persist that hinder progress toward labor trafficking prevention, survivor protection, and enhanced prosecution. As a result, government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), are seeking to strengthen research, data collection, and integration. In order to support labor trafficking enforcement efforts, DOL is also seeking ways to deliver strategic analysis, generate actionable leads, and uncover evolving labor trafficking trends.

This ePolicyWorks online dialogue represents a collaborative, cross-agency effort in support of DOL’s commitment to a comprehensive approach to combatting labor trafficking, as indicated in DOL’s news release in January promoting this year’s 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protections Act of 2020 and enhanced collaborative approach.

Why participate?

DOL agencies are partnering in this online dialogue on ending labor trafficking to gather input and ideas from the public and other stakeholders, including subject matter experts. Ideas and comments gathered from this online dialogue will be used to guide the work of DOL in developing better outreach strategies, including new resources and materials.

Your contributions to this online dialogue will assist the U.S. Department of Labor in its continued efforts to fight to eradicate labor trafficking and other types of labor abuses.

Who should participate?

This online event is open to the general public and to anyone interested in joining the conversation. We strongly encourage employers and employees, along with the groups that represent them, to participate.

To participate in the U.S. Department of Labor's Efforts to End Labor Trafficking National Online Dialogue, please click Register Now or Log In. If you have any questions or require any technical assistance please contact: ePolicyWorks@online-dialogues.com. Thank you for your participation in this important online event.

ATTN: If you are or know someone who is a victim of labor trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline by phone at 1-888-373-7888 or by text at BeFree (233733). A trained hotline advocate will talk you thorough the situation and connect you with services and, if appropriate, law enforcement.