ATEST Supports John Richmond Nomination


The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) supports the nomination on John Cotton Richmond to be the next ambassador-at-large to combat human trafficking and modern slavery. In his post, he will also direct the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP).

Richmond is a founding director of the Human Trafficking Institute, which is an ATEST member.
In his confirmation hearing testimony, Richmond pledged to promote a rigorous and balanced approach:

“If confirmed, I will bring to office my experience working international and domestic trafficking cases, labor and sex trafficking cases, involving minors, adults, citizens, and foreign nationals from around the world. If confirmed, I will work to ensure the continued integrity of the TIP Report, the gold standard in diplomatic tools for engaging governments on human trafficking. If confirmed, I will passionately advocate for the rights of individuals to be free from traffickers and for survivors to have access [to] services to help them recover and rebuild.”

ATEST works with ambassadors to advocate for policies and practices that address the root causes of trafficking, taking a holistic approach with a survivor centered focus that address both sex and labor trafficking.

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Molly is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Grove City College, where she studied English and Economics. During college, she interned for The Pittsburgh Promise and PNC Financial Services, where she honed her communications and development skills. Molly is an avid writer and her work has been published in a number of places, including The New York Times.