News Tip: Human Trafficking Report Hampered By Ambassador Vacancy, Expert Says

The U.S. Department of State is scheduled to release its annual “Trafficking in Persons” (TIP) report on Thursday, June 28, at 2 p.m. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will release the report with Kari Johnstone, acting director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump.


“Once again we are in a situation where we have no permanent ambassador in charge of the office that issues the TIP report. This is hugely detrimental to the credibility of the report,” said Judith Kelley, a Duke University public policy professor and author of a book that details the influence of the TIP Report. “This is a bi-partisan issue and the report carries such weight around the world that it is disappointing that this office lacks a permanent ambassador. Don’t pull people out until you have someone to put in.”


Judith Kelley, incoming dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, studies international relations with a focus on human rights and democracy. Her most recent book, “Scorecard Diplomacy: Grading States to Influence Their Reputation and Behavior,” details how the TIP Report influences nations to take action to combat human trafficking. She is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation backed project on human trafficking.


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