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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Evaluates the Efficacy of U.S. TVPA Law

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Jan, 28 2020

Jan, 28 2020

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Recently, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission held an evaluation cum hearing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), which addressed the rampant issue of sex and labor trafficking around the world. The hearing was scheduled on January 15, 2020, at Rayburn house building. A committee of legal panelists had been appointed to evaluate the efficacy of the Act in the last few years.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000(TVPA), after amendment, provided the essential legal action to combat the trafficking of human beings worldwide and at the domestic level. The Act authorized the machinery of the State Department’s TIP Office and the President’s Interagency Task Force to monitor and combat the trafficking of human beings to contribute the anti-trafficking multi-level actions.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was amended in 2000 which combats the trafficking of human beings across national and international boundaries.

The Act authorizes the State Department’s TIP department and the President’s Interagency Task Force to trace and combat trafficking of human beings. It has proven effective for the U.S. government to curb trafficking practices.

Internationally, there are several international human welfare organizations such as the United Nations which are meticulously attempting to root out the trafficking of women and children. United Nations follows an international convention against transnational organized crime dubbed as Palermo Protocol which outlines the international standards for combating trafficking in persons.

The hearing involved the evaluation of the effectiveness of the TVPA in the past years. It also revised the contribution of the activists and workers which played a major role in tracing and averting these inhuman practices along with the agencies of Government of US which include the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice. The panelists pondered upon the evolving trends in the labor trafficking of both genders. Strategy about the future legislative action had been discussed as well in the assembly.

The hearing was attended by Members of Congress, the general public, congressional staff members and representatives from the media. The hearing was live-streamed on the commission’s website 

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