President Donald Trump’s administration is calling for a new strategy to tackle human trafficking, the Associated Press reports.
Trump is expected to sign a proclamation that would create a task force to coordinate the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom.
The group would work with agencies of the State Department and the Office of National Drug Control Policy to promote anti-trafficking and anti-human trafficking measures and to identify ways to work together to combat trafficking.
The White House did not immediately respond to an AP request for comment on the proclamation.
The statement was released in response to a report by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and other House Democrats calling for action in the wake of Trump’s announcement last week that he is considering issuing an executive order to combat human trafficking.
In a press conference Thursday, Trump called the U.N. “a disgrace” for not being more proactive against trafficking.
“The United Nations is a disgrace for not doing more to fight human trafficking,” Trump said.
“We need to take our country back.”
Trump said he would also issue a decree declaring December 5, 2018, the National Human Trafficking Prevention Day, which he said is “a great day” for victims of human trafficking to celebrate their freedom.
“I will call it the National Trafficking Day.
It is a great day,” Trump told reporters Thursday.
“It is a day where people come together.
It’s a day of freedom. “
This is a holiday for me.
It’s a day of freedom.
And I think we have to make sure that we honor it.
We have to honor the day.”
The AP also reported that the Department has designated January 5, 2019, as “National Human Traffickers Day” and has invited organizations to come forward with information on trafficking victims.
In the proclamation, the White House also urges states to report human trafficking cases and demand cooperation from federal law enforcement and the International Rescue Committee, which has been a partner with the Department.
“Every time a child is taken from its parents and forced to become a sex slave, our nation should not be a victim,” Trump wrote.
“In many cases, this child will never be free from sexual exploitation.
This is why we must ensure that these children are never forced to serve in our government.
This should be a time for unity, and the government should step up to the plate and do the right thing.”