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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 8, 2003


Meeting of The President's Interagency Task Force On Trafficking in Persons - December 8

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson, and other members of the Presidentís Interagency Task Force on Trafficking in Persons will meet on Monday, December 8, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. to review progress on anti-trafficking efforts.  They also plan to approve guidelines for the distribution of $50 million earmarked by President George W. Bush for the worldwide fight against slavery.

 

The Task Force members are working to bring new partners into the fight against trafficking, focus anti-trafficking work in key geographic areas, and target sex trafficking and tourism.  Their discussion will also address the growing public health risks associated with the trafficking sex trade.

 

There will be a camera spray prior to the beginning of the meeting.  Press pick-up time for cameras and stills: 2:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance. 

 

Media representatives who plan to attend must present one of the following press credentials:  (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driverís license or passport).

 

Former U.S. Representative John Miller, Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Powell on trafficking in persons, is available for interviews. Interested media should contact Caroline Tetschner, (202) 312-9648 for scheduling.

Released on December 8, 2003

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