U.S. Consulate Kolkata’s seventh anti-trafficking conclave to focus on calibrated bilateral as well as regional cross-border response mechanisms

KOLKATA – The U.S. Consulate General Kolkata in partnership with New Delhi based NGO Shakti Vahini is hosting the seventh edition of the anti-trafficking in persons conclave (TIP conclave 7) at the American Center in Kolkata from April 27-28, 2018.  It is bringing together a group of anti-TIP leaders at the local, regional, national and international levels from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and the U.S., to continue to share best practices and develop an agenda to combat this form of modern day slavery.  The conclave focuses on developing more vigorous and calibrated bilateral as well as regional cross-border response mechanisms, strengthening of existing anti-trafficking systems and greater research to capture and understand emerging regional trends.

In his inaugural address, U.S. Consul General Craig Hall said, “In the last seven years we have seen great examples of collaboration where civil society organizations are working hand-in-hand with the local government and with law enforcement in combatting human trafficking.  The United States and India, as enduring global partners in the 21st century, are committed to providing leadership on issues of shared interest, including the strengthening of human rights.  Working together to end all forms of human trafficking is a key pillar of this partnership.”

The Founder of Shakti Vahini Ravi Kant noted, “It is a great occasion to strengthen the fight against human trafficking. We have to collaborate with all stakeholder and fight this crime unitedly.”

The Anti-TIP Conclave is an annual event and underscores the commitment of the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata to serve as a key partner with local and regional anti-trafficking organizations and local governments, NGOs, law enforcement agencies and activists, who are continuously working to eliminate human trafficking.