Menendez: TIP Report Can’t Be a ‘Shell Game’

Menendez: TIP Report Can’t Be a ‘Shell Game’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a senior member of the committee, criticized the apparent politicization of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report, noting that Cuba, Malaysia and other nations continue to enjoy favorable status despite failures to meet minimum legal standards prescribed by Congress. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which established the annual TIP reporting process, sets universal standards for ranking countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking and provide assistance to victims. 

Sen. Menendez noted that he intends to introduce bipartisan legislation to reform the process by which the State Department assesses country efforts when Congress reconvenes in September.