234 Ford House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-6460
Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
Media Contact: Shelly Han
November 2, 2011


WASHINGTON— The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) announced the following hearing:

“Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime: Assessing Trends and Combat Strategies”

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Room: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building

Please join the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe for a hearing that explores the nexus between Transnational Organized Crime and Human Trafficking.

Organized Crime has evolved to meet the challenges of globalization and modern technology. In this evolution major international criminal organizations and smaller highly specialized groups of criminal entrepreneurs have found new ways to expand their operations and exploit human beings into slavery. To meet these challenges new national and international strategies have been placed into action, but their results remain to be seen. This continues the Helsinki Commission’s hearing series on new fronts in human trafficking. This hearing will focus on: (1) the evolving nature of Transnational Organized Crime, (2) the role of major international organized crime groups and smaller organized criminal syndicates in human trafficking, (3) identified trends, and (4) strategies to combat these organizations and prevent the trafficking of human beings.

The following witnesses have been invited to testify:

Mr. Greg Andres, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice

Mr. Piero Bonadeo, Deputy Representative to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in New York

Ms. Martina Vandenberg, Esq., Pro Bono Counsel, The Freedom Network USA


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 56 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.


Combating Corruption
Confidence and Security Building Measures
Trafficking in Human Beings


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