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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 3, 2005


United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime

Today, November 3, the United States will deposit its instrument of ratification for the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its supplementary protocols on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling at United Nations headquarters. The United States will become an official Party to the Convention and these two Protocols on December 3, 2005 – thirty days after its deposit.

The Convention represents the first legally binding multilateral instrument that specifically targets transnational organized crime. The United States and more than 120 countries actively participated in the negotiations, demonstrating the international community’s resolve to combat transnational organized crime as a serious worldwide threat. Our ratification strengthens the United States’ ongoing leadership role in these global efforts.

The United States is especially pleased to become party to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons. It demonstrates our strong commitment to end modern-day slavery. We look forward to accelerating our partnership with other countries to prevent human trafficking, prosecute the perpetrators, and protect the victims of this terrible crime.

2005/1012

Released on November 3, 2005

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