Meridian Hosts 2016 TIP Heroes for Dinner Dialogue

2016 TIP Award Ceremony
The group receives the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report Hero Award from Secretary of State John Kerry. From left to right: Secretary of State John Kerry, Ambassador Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Ms. Karen Gladys Rigby, Ms. Priscilla Kedibone Israel, Ms. Rita Theodorou Superman, Mr. Biram Dah Abeid, Mr. Brahim Ramdhane, Ms. Kiran Bajracharya, Ms. Syeda Ghulam Fatima, Mr. Oluremi Banwo Kekhinde, Mr. Issa Kouyate.

On June 28, 2016, Meridian was honored to co-host, along with the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, an intimate dinner to celebrate the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes. Meridian’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Lee Satterfield, was joined by The Honorable Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in sharing welcome remarks with the group. The salon dinner offered guests the opportunity to share diverse perspectives and engage in thoughtful conversation on the priorities for the global movement to combat trafficking in persons.

During their U.S. visit, the Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes met with high level officials in both government and non-profit sectors based in Washington, D.C. They also participated in a podcast taping with Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President and CEO of Meridian International Center. Following the visit to our nation’s capital, the Heroes headed to New York City, where they explored social services offered to victims of trafficking, along with task force prevention efforts.

About the Trafficking in Persons Report and Heroes

The Trafficking in Persons Report, published each year in June, is considered the benchmark index for global anti-trafficking efforts, as it ranks 188 nations according to their willingness and efforts to combat trafficking and slavery. It is an important diplomatic tool in the U.S. government’s efforts to engage foreign governments in the battle against human trafficking, and serves as the guide on U.S. foreign assistance for governments and NGOs in countries working to eradicate trafficking. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 2016. Secretary Kerry also honored the 2016 TIP Report Heroes, 9 men and women whose tireless efforts have made a lasting impact on the global fight against modern slavery. These individuals are NGO workers, lawmakers, police officers, and concerned citizens who are committed to protect victims, punish offenders, and raise awareness of ongoing criminal practices in their countries and abroad - despite resistance, opposition, and threats to their lives.

Project summary

Meridian Hosts 2016 TIP Heroes for Dinner Dialogue | June 2016
Number of Attendees: 20
Regions: Africa, Europe and Eurasia, South and Central Asia, Western Hemisphere
Countries: Mauritania, Botswana, Russia, Nepal, Pakistan, Cyprus, Senegal
Impact Areas: Human and Civil Rights
Program Areas: Convening, Exchanges
Partners: NGOs, Public Sector