Menendez Questions Human Trafficking Nominee about Report Politicization

Menendez Questions Human Trafficking Nominee about Report Politicization


WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), leader of the fight in Congress for the United States’ role in championing international human rights and the fight against human trafficking, today questioned Susan Coppedge on her nomination to be Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Raising serious concerns from both the Foreign Relations Committee and the NGO community about the politicization of the State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, Menendez was given assurance by Coppedge that she would work to restore the integrity of the TIP designation process at the Department of State. Coppedge also committed to assist in the Senator’s ongoing investigation by facilitating the timely transfer of key documents and other information that led to upgrades in tier-rankings in the 2015 TIP report of certain countries, including Malaysia and Cuba, which were widely-perceived as unwarranted.

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