Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at the University of Nebraska


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Published by the United States Government Accountability Office, July 2007.


While governments, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations have recognized the importance of collaborating and have established some coordination mechanisms and practices, they will need to overcome challenges that have impeded collaboration in the past for their efforts to be successful. In two of the three countries GAO visited, it found that host governments—which bear ultimate responsibility for combating trafficking within their borders—have passed national anti-trafficking laws and enacted national action plans. However, organizations continue to face numerous challenges when collaborating to combat human trafficking, including varying levels of government commitment and capacity. For example, some governments treat foreign trafficking victims as illegal immigrants and deport rather than protect them. In addition, according to officials in two of the three countries GAO visited, the ministries responsible for coordinating anti-trafficking efforts have limited authority and capacity.