2014 TIP Heroes Met with CAST to Discuss the State of Trafficking in Our World

In late June, the U.S. State Department released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP report is the world’s most comprehensive guide to the issue of human trafficking, providing detailed country profiles and a tiered ranking system that serves as a strategic diplomatic tool.

The theme of the 2014 report is: “The Journey from Victim to Survivor.” To exemplify this journey, the State Department chose to highlight a former CAST client and current CAST leader, Flor Molina (p. 40). Secretary of State John Kerry also mentioned Flor by name in his remarks preceding the release of the report (16:42). Because governments and non-profits around the world reference the TIP Report, CAST is honored to have Flor recognized for her advocacy . It was also an incredible honor for CAST to be held up as a model organization in the introductory pages (p. 13)!

In the United States’ country profile, the federal government underscored the need for individual states to ensure that victims are not prosecuted for crimes their traffickers force them to commit. In CAST’s experience, both adults and children need help with issues like clearing pending charges and warrants based on their trafficking situation. We need continued education and training across sectors to guarantee that human trafficking victims are not treated as criminals.

While both adults and children are still being misidentified, large numbers of children are still being arrested for prostitution. These children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Arresting them creates a negative mindset that has the potential to follow them into adulthood. One of CAST’s priorities is to find ways in which we can provide other options for vulnerable children besides juvenile detention.

The 2014 TIP Report can be accessed here: http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2014/index.htm