Ambassador Coppedge Discusses Trafficking in Persons with Malaysian Officials and Civil Society

Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Susan Coppedge with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Putrajaya, July 26, 2016. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Susan Coppedge visited Malaysia July 25-26 for meetings with senior representatives of the Malaysian government, including the Deputy Prime Minister, to discuss strategies to combat human trafficking. Ambassador Coppedge presented the findings of the 2016 TIP Report to Malaysia’s interagency anti-trafficking council and led a discussion on the report’s recommendations for the coming year. She highlighted the need to fully implement a recently-amended anti-trafficking law allowing trafficking victims to live and work outside shelters.

Ambassador Coppedge also met with senior representatives at the Attorney General’s chambers, urging greater accountability and increased prosecutions and convictions for human traffickers. She joined a dinner with leading NGOs and discussed civil society efforts to protect victims, as well as the improving relationship between the government and civil society organizations working on trafficking issues. Ambassador Coppedge’s visit demonstrates the U.S. government’s strong commitment to working closely with partners around the world in the fight against trafficking in persons, and was an opportunity to emphasize that much work remains to be done to empower trafficking victims and hold traffickers accountable in Malaysia.