On April 29, Ambassador Gifford and Minister Manu Sareen, Denmark’s Minister for Social Affairs, Children, Integration and Equality, visited a drop-in health clinic in Copenhagen. The clinic is operated by the Danish Center against Human Trafficking jointly with Danish NGOs Reden International and Safe and Alive. The clinic offers health and social services to sex workers in the Copenhagen area and works to identify and aid victims of human trafficking, helping them find a way to lead normal, healthy lives. Ambassador Gifford and Minister Sareen saw the clinic’s facilities and spoke to representatives from the Center against Human Trafficking, Safe and Alive and Reden International. They also had an opportunity to speak to an individual who uses the facility and received her thoughts on this important program.
The visit highlighted some of the strong efforts being made by the Danish government and NGOs to help victims of human trafficking in Denmark. Ambassador Gifford thanked the Minister, the NGO representatives and the clinic’s workers for their dedication and said he looks forward to the U.S. Government’s continuing engagement with the Danish Government and NGOs to combat trafficking in persons.
For more information on combating trafficking in persons, visit the U.S. State Department’s website at www.state.gov/j/tip.