Round table Desk: Ambassador Miller hosted a round table with senior officials of the Government of Bangladesh and civil society to discuss human trafficking on January 22 to mark U.S. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Minister of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen also attended.

Minister Huq announced special human trafficking tribunals will begin in the first week of March. Foreign Secretary Momen noted the continuous effort of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and the Ministry of Home Affairs to combat human trafficking. Members of the Bangladesh judiciary, law enforcement, and civil society discussed the prosecution of human trafficking criminal cases and thanked the U.S. government for technical assistance on managing TIP cases.

Ambassador Miller underscored the continued partnership of the U.S. government in working with Bangladesh to eliminate trafficking in persons.

Every year, millions of men, women, and children worldwide are victims of human trafficking. Ending human trafficking through the 3P’s – Prosecution, Protection, and Prevention – is a responsibility we all share.