Ambassador John R. Miller to Speak on Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking November 17 at WWS

Nov 10, 2004
Woodrow Wilson School





Ambassador John R. Miller, Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell and Director of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, will present a public lecture at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs entitled "The Tragedy of Modern-Day Slavery: Combating Trafficking in Persons," at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.

Miller was appointed in July 2004 to head the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, whose mission is to fight the global war on human exploitation and trafficking, encompassing outright slavery, forced servitude, child "soldiering" and coerced prostitution. The Office also focuses on the development and implementation of victim rescue efforts, and prevention methods programming.

Under Miller's oversight, the Office functions as a global watchdog: categorizing countries by the severity of violations; monitoring governments burden of proof requirements to produce evidence of anti-trafficking efforts, including statistics on investigations, arrests, prosecutions and convictions; and, in cases of repeated violation, imposing non-humanitarian/non-trade sanctions.

Amongst Miller's key responsibilities is the development of the Office's annual Trafficking in Persons Report, known as the TIP report. The report, released each year by the U.S. Secretary of State, serves as a powerful diplomatic tool and provides an in-depth analysis of the-state-of human exploitation and trafficking, best practices, and remediation efforts in over 140 countries.

Prior to his appointment to head the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Miller served as chairman of Discovery Institute's Board of Directors, a Seattle, Washington based research and writing institute which addressed international affairs, trade, defense, science, economics, technology and transportation. During his time at the Institute, Miller founded the Cascadia Project, which promotes relations between Canada and the northwestern United States.

In March of 2004, Miller was recognized for his work, and was the recipient of the Discovery Institute's Humanitarian Award. From 1985 to 1993, Miller served in the House of Representatives from the State of Washington.

Prior to his congressional appointment, Miller was active in state and municipal posts, serving as assistant attorney general for Washington, vice president and legal council for the Washington Environmental Council and Seattle councilman.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Gender and Policy Network, and the Women's Center. It is free and open to the public.



Amb. John R. Miller, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking In Persons, U.S. Dept. of State