The U.S. Department of State has produced the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) since 2001. Required by law under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the TIP Report provides an assessment of the efforts by foreign governments to combat human trafficking. The TIP Report is released in Washington, D.C. each June.
As a part of the TIP Report, the Department of State honors individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking by awarding them the TIP Report Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery Award. The TIP Report Heroes often include NGO staff and government officials, from lawmakers to police officers, who are committed to ending modern slavery. They are recognized for their tireless efforts—despite resistance, opposition, and threats—to protect victims, punish offenders, and raise awareness of ongoing criminal practices in their countries and abroad. To date, more than 110 individuals have received this award.
This project is aimed at raising public awareness about modern slavery by launching a global network to connect and publicize the work of these TIP Report Heroes. The project enhances global prevention efforts by ensuring that their stories, experiences, and best practices are preserved for the record, and by inspiring further antislavery activism across the globe.
The TIP Report Heroes Global Network is proudly presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a 150,000 square foot museum on the banks of the Ohio River, which served as a beacon to individuals seeking freedom from slavery in the 19th century. Today the Freedom Center proudly joins antislavery activists to continue advocating for freedom from slavery. Other projects include End Slavery Now and Journey to Freedom.