HRC Side Event on Preventing Human Trafficking
The U.S. Mission co-sponsored a side event September 27 on measures governments can take to prevent women and girls from becoming victims of human trafficking with a special emphasis on education and awareness raising. Speaking at the panel, Ambassador Keith Harper emphasized the importance of seeking input of survivors of human trafficking in prevention efforts. He noted that President Obama recently appointed an Advisory Council on Human Trafficking which is comprised exclusively of trafficking survivors, many of whom are women. “The responsibility lies with us – not only to identify and care for victims, but also to prevent the exploitation from ever happening at all.” Harper said. He urged participants to “amplify the voices of human trafficking victims and speak up for those who think that no one will speak up for them.”
Vietnam’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Duong Chi Dung delivered keynote remarks at the event which was moderated by Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam in Geneva. Other panelists included: Ambassador Cecilia B. Rebong, Permanent Representative of the Philippines, Ambassador Triyono Wibowo, Permanent Representative of Indonesia, Mr. Jiang Duan, Minister, Permanent Mission of China to UN Geneva Office and Other International Organizations in Switzerland and Mr. Mathieu Luciano, Head of IOM’s Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants Unit, Migrant Assistance Division.
U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers