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Combating Human Trafficking

On April 25, 2013, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Thomson Reuters Foundation hosted a high-level roundtable with representatives from some of the world’s leading financial institutions, as well as law enforcement agencies and corporations, to discuss ways to collaborate in the fight against global human trafficking. The objective of the meeting, which was held at the Thomson Reuters Building in Times Square, was to assist corporations in identifying irregularities in financial transactions by potential traffickers, share financial and technical expertise, and discuss cross-border solutions to combatting this crisis, which victimizes countless individuals every year through forced labor, sexual exploitation, and other forms of servitude. The parties have committed to working together going forward to help solve the issue of human trafficking.

Additionally, on June 11, 2011, the District Attorney’s Office and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice hosted their second crime summit, “Investigating and Prosecuting Sex Trafficking: A Collaborative Approach.” This symposium marked an ongoing effort to bring elected and law enforcement officials in New York City together with community advocates, service providers, and academics to address criminal justice issues collectively.