US State Department Releases Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 2:13 PM

On 19 January 2007, the United States State Department released the Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment, which contains a list of countries that have significant human trafficking problems, countries which have not improved their efforts to put a halt to trafficking, or whose efforts in this area have been declining, in the time period between May and November of 2006. 

Countries must be ranked from Tier 1 (those doing the best job) to Tier 3, (those not complying with miniumum standards and not trying to do so).  The Interim assesment is a special watch list that measures anti-trafficking progress and provides guidance on how to avoid becoming  a Tier 3 nation.  Many countires are improving, but the efforts of others have been inadequate.

For a full text of the interim assessment, see the US State Department website, Trafficking in Persons, Interim Assessment Report, at

Compiled from, 23 January 2007