As every year, the US Department of State honors outstanding individuals from around the world who fight against human trafficking. In 2021, the State Department has recognized Rocío Mora, director of APRAMP, as one of these “Heroes of the TIP Report“. This is the first time that a Spanish “Hero TIP” has been recognized.
Yesterday, July 1, across the digital borders in which the pandemic forces us to be, Rocío, along with other heroes from different parts of the world, participated in an event organized from Washington where the director of APRAMP said: “The impulse to fight against trafficking every day is given to me by the Survivors who work at APRAMP. Their strength is what encourages me to continue fighting, I will not stop until all women and girls are free and their dignity is not taken away by pimping mafias and paid sex claimants”.
The United States has a Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TPVA), passed in 2000 and, each year the US Department of State has published the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), a diplomatic and diagnostic tool used by the US to guide relations with foreign governments on human trafficking and that each year rewards these heroes of the 21st century.
The US Government with this recognition wants to highlight the work of “these heroes who are modern abolitionists who fight for the rights of the oppressed, against injustice and for freedom.” They are ultimately pioneering NGO workers, legislators, police officers and advocates who are committed to ending the modern slavery of human trafficking, no matter the cost.