Ivanka Trump (C) addresses the event "A Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking" on September 19, 2017 at the United Nations in New York.  / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump: Human trafficking unacceptable
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Ivanka Trump is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly

She spoke out against human trafficking Tuesday

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Ivanka Trump delivered an anti-human trafficking speech Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, calling it “the greatest human rights issue of our time.”

“This is a call for action, a call for global unity,” Trump said at a panel event hosted by Great Britain and Northern Ireland, noting that her father, President Donald Trump, has said he is “prepared to bring the full force and weight of our government” to combat human trafficking.

Human trafficking is chronically under-reported problem that affects at least 20.9 million people globally in both forced labor and sex trafficking.

“It is hard to grasp how tens of millions of people across the globe can experience this scale of human suffering. It is unacceptable,” Trump said. “Human trafficking, forced labor and modern slavery splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, strengthens transnational organized criminal networks and threatens national security everywhere.”

Trump, a senior adviser to the President, attended the event as a guest of British Prime Minister Theresa May, who invited her to participate after meeting at the G20 Summit earlier this summer. May thanked Trump for the “personal shared commitment” to the issue.

A key priority

Ivanka Trump has made combating human trafficking in the US and globally a key aspect of her West Wing portfolio. Trump organized a listening session with survivors and advocates at the White House alongside her father in late February and held a roundtable discussion on the topic in May.

Later that month during the President’s trip to Rome, she made a separate stop to meet with officials and survivors at the Community of Sant’Egidio, a Vatican-affiliated NGO.

She spoke at a State Department event unveiling the annual Trafficking in Persons report in June, calling human trafficking an “ugly stain on civilization.”

Trump cited specific progress by the administration in her June speech, including “an executive order designed to strengthen the enforcement of federal law in regards to transnational criminal organizations, including traffickers,” and steps taken to ensure Department of Homeland Security personnel are trained to combat trafficking at points of entry into the United States.

Tuesday, Trump touted the US Department of State’s $25 million award to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, announced last week.

“This is just our most recent step in our many efforts to combat this global problem,” she said.

UNGA agenda

With Tuesday’s speech, Trump is styling herself as a diplomat in her own right. In addition to her remarks, she is attending multiple private meetings with world leaders during the annual confab at the United Nations, where she is expected to discuss women’s economic empowerment, skills training and workforce development.

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