Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 74: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Urmi

Gregory McElwain
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
October 26, 2018


We thank the Special Rapporteur for her latest report on the gender-related dimensions of contemporary forms of slavery. In her report, the Special Rapporteur recommends collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data on contemporary forms of slavery in specific economic sectors, noting that solid data serves as the basis for developing effective policy responses.

The United States considers contemporary forms of slavery as described in the Special Rapporteur’s mandate to be a form of trafficking in persons. The United States supports programs that follow the 3P paradigm of building capacity of government to prosecute trafficking cases; supporting efforts to protect and provide services to victims; and taking measures to prevent the crime by educating government officials, professionals, and communities on the indicators of human trafficking.

The Special Rapporteur mentions that there are worldwide anti-slavery movements led by women. As the United States strongly supports civil society engagement in this issue, the United States would be interested in hearing more about these.