Washington, DC /eNewsChannels/ — Ambassador Luis CdeBaca will address “A Decade in Review, A Decade Before Us – Celebrating Successes and Developing New Strategies at the 10th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act” during the Freedom Network’s (USA) Annual Conference in the nation’s capital on Thursday, March 18. CdeBaca will deliver keynote remarks at 12 noon at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir RD NW, Washington, DC.

Amb. CdeBaca was appointed by President Obama to direct the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State, where he serves as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and leads the United States’ global fight against contemporary forms of slavery. The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) develops and implements the State Department’s policy for the protection of trafficking victims, prosecution of traffickers, and prevention of trafficking.

Prior to his appointment, Amb. CdeBaca was one of the country’s most-decorated federal prosecutors, liberating hundreds of victims. He was instrumental in drafting the United States’ anti-trafficking law, and in developing the victim-centered approach to combating modern slavery that has become the global standard.

The Freedom Network (USA), which was established in 2001, is a coalition of 25 non-governmental organizations that provide services to, and advocate for the rights of, trafficking survivors in the United States. Since the enactment of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), Freedom Network (USA) members have worked closely with trafficked persons to ensure that they receive necessary services guaranteed under the federal statute as well as engage in monitoring the implementation of the law.