ATEST Applauds Nomination of New Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

For Release: July 16, 2015

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) applauds President Obama’s nomination of an Ambassador-at-Large to combat human trafficking, who also serves as Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking (J/TIP) at the U.S. Department of State. The President’s announcement is important to ensure that the U.S. continues to promote efforts to prevent and end human trafficking at home and overseas. The Ambassador-at-Large serves an instrumental role in advancing U.S. leadership on combating this heinous crime.

ATEST looks forward to working with Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Coppedge upon her confirmation. She brings deep experience in different facets of human trafficking in the United States, which will be of immense value in this critical position. We hope she will continue the long-term leadership of the J/TIP office on both sex and labor trafficking through partnerships that promote prevention, victim protection, and prosecutions. We urge a swift consideration of her nomination in the Senate.


The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is a U.S. based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery around the world. ATEST member organizations include: Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), ECPAT-USA, Free the Slaves, Futures Without Violence (FUTURES), International Justice Mission, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), National Network for Youth (NN4Y), Polaris, Safe Horizon, Solidarity Center, Verité, Vital Voices Global Partnership, and World Vision. ATEST is a project of Humanity United.