SR. IMELDA POOLE (Mary Ward Loreto (MWL) / RENATE) awarded U.S. Department of State Human Trafficking Heroes 2021
Each year, the U.S. Department of State honors outstanding individuals around the world who are fighting to end human trafficking.
Who are the TIP Report Heroes?
In the United States, the landmark federal legislation which defined and outlawed the crime of human trafficking, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), was first passed in 2000 and has been reauthorized several times. Every year since its passage, the U.S. Department of State has released the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report is the primary diplomatic and diagnostic tool used by the United States to guide relations with foreign governments on human trafficking. Through the TIP Report, the Department of State assesses countries based on their government’s efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” found in Section 108 of the TVPA. A country is placed in Tier 1 if the government fully complies with the minimum standards. A Tier 2 or Tier 2 Watch List ranking indicates that the government does not fully comply with the minimum standards, but is making significant efforts to do so. Tier 3, the lowest ranking, is reserved for those countries whose government’s do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so. The TIP Report has become a powerful tool to advance anti-trafficking efforts around the world and is considered by some to be the international gold standard in promoting anti-trafficking accountability by governments.
Since 2004, the Department of State has honored individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. These individuals, “TIP Report Heroes Acting to End Modern-day Slavery,” are pioneering NGO workers, lawmakers, police officers, and advocates who are committed to ending modern slavery no matter the cost. Since 2009, the TIP Report Heroes have been invited to participate in a State Department-sponsored, two-week visit to the United States, where the Secretary of State personally honors them at the annual release of the TIP Report in Washington, DC. Following the event, the TIP Report Heroes travel to additional U.S. cities to meet with their counterparts around the country to share their stories and engage on anti-trafficking efforts. The recipients come from diverse backgrounds, and share an incredible dedication to assist trafficking victims and better address this global crime.