New York (CNN)Ivanka Trump presented an anti-human trafficking speech Tuesday in the United Nations General Assembly, calling it “the greatest human rights issue of our time.”
“That is a call for action, a call for international unity,” Trump said in a panel event hosted by Great Britain and Northern Ireland, noting that her father, President Donald Trump, has stated he is “prepared to bring the complete force and weight of our authorities” to combat human trafficking.
Human trafficking is chronically under-reported issue that affects at least 20.9 million individuals globally in both forced labor and sex trafficking.
“It is Difficult to grasp how thousands of people Throughout the globe can experience this scale of human suffering. It’s unacceptable,” Trump said. “Human trafficking, forced labor and modern slavery splinters households, distorts global economies, undermines the rule of law, strengthens transnational organized criminal networks and threatens national security everywhere.”
Trump, a senior advisor to the President, attended the event as a guest of British Prime Minister Theresa May, who invited her to participate after meeting in the G20 Summit earlier this summer. May thanked Trump to your “private shared dedication” to the issue.
A key priority
Ivanka Trump has made combating human trafficking in the United States and internationally a key aspect of her West Wing portfolio. Trump held a roundtable discussion and coordinated a listening session at the White House alongside her dad in late February with survivors and advocates.
Later that month during the President’s trip to Rome, she left a separate cease to meet with officials and priests in the Community of Sant’Egidio, a Vatican-affiliated NGO.
I was inspired to see Sant'Egidio and find out about their outstanding work with women who’ve lived the evils of human trafficking and for those still suffering. Hearing directly from the advocates, sufferers and counselors reaffirms that we have to work together to deal with this issue.
She spoke at a State Department event unveiling the annual Trafficking in Persons report in June, calling human trafficking an “ugly stain on civilization.”
Trump cited specific progress by the administration in her June speech, including “an executive order designed to strengthen the enforcement of national law in regards to transnational criminal organizations, including traffickers,” and steps taken to ensure Department of Homeland Security personnel are trained to combat trafficking in points of entry into the USA.
Tuesday, Trump touted the US Department of State’s $25 million award to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, announced last week.
“That is just our most recent measure in our many attempts to combat this global issue,” she said.
With Tuesday’s speech, Trump is styling herself as a diplomat in her own right. In addition to her opinions, she’s attending multiple private meetings
with world leaders during the annual confab in the United Nations, where she’s expected to discuss women’s economic empowerment, skills training and workforce development.
The foreign ministers of Australia and India both requested meetings with the very first daughter, as well as the president of the International Committee for the Red Cross. Trump will visit India later this season, leading the US delegation in November to the US Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
I’ve long admired India's realized and charismatic Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and it was an honour to meet her now. We had a great debate on women's entrepreneurship, the forthcoming #GES2017 and workforce development from the U.S. and India. #UNGA
Trump is also expected to have coffee with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, with whom she participated on a panel in the Women 20 Summit in Berlin earlier this season at which German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the creation of a World Bank facility directed toward women’s economic empowerment.
She also showed an interest in participating with world leaders — and additionally faced criticism
— for briefly taking her dad’s seat during the G20 summit in Hamburg.
On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump commended Prime Minister May’s “remarkable leadership” about the problem of ending human trafficking and thanked United Nations members to get their support.
“Our nation values our partnership in combating this pervasive humanitarian problem,” she said. “Thank you to be champions in this fight against evil.”
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