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Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
September 10, 2013


(Washington, DC) The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) today announced the following hearing:

OSCE Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking:

Outlook and Opportunities

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 10:00 am

Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-106

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has emerged as the premier regional organization in the Northern Hemisphere coordinating institutional responses to human trafficking.  This work has touched all corners of the OSCE region, now comprising 57 participating States and 11 Partner States in the Mediterranean and Asia.  OSCE leadership has been accomplished through the cutting-edge research, policy recommendations, country visits, and expert training led by the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (SR/CTHB) Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro.  The Office of the SR/CTHB has been instrumental in the implementation of projects and field activities in coordination with thematic units of the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria, as well as the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, Poland.  Additionally, the SR/CTHB’s prominence in this field stems from leadership of the “Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons,” a vast coordinating body for major international organizations, civil society, and the intergovernmental entities united in fighting human trafficking. 

The hearing will examine the role and mandate of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Trafficking in Human Beings and her leadership of efforts to combat modern day slavery in the OSCE region. Dr. Giammarinaro will review the accomplishments of her tenure as SR/CTHB and identify future challenges and perspectives for OSCE action, including the outlook for an update of the OSCE Action Plan on Trafficking in Human Beings and subsequent OSCE commitments.              

Scheduled to testify: Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking and Human Beings


The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent agency of the Federal Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental and military cooperation in 57 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce.

Media Contact: Shelly Han
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