Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
December 2, 2010


On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, we recognize the menace of human trafficking for what it is today: a violation of human rights, a depraved black market, a threat to public health and national security, an affront to American values, and an international crime.

Modern slavery is understood to exist in most nations, in dark shadows and broad daylight. At least 12 million people – more than live today in New York City – are deprived of the freedom to live, work, and pursue their dreams. On this day, the United States reaffirms its commitment to ending modern slavery, holding sacred the belief that all people deserve to live in freedom and work with dignity.


PRN: 2010/304