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  • President Tsai meets Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large of the US State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
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2016/07/28
President Tsai meets with Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large of the US State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
President Tsai Ing-wen met on the morning of July 28 with Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large of the US State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

President Tsai welcomed Ambassador Coppedge to Taiwan to serve as a keynote speaker at the 2016 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking, and praised her for the many years she has spent fighting against trafficking in persons. As a former Assistant United States Attorney, the ambassador has considerable experience prosecuting cases involving exploitation of labor, so those attending this year's International Workshop will undoubtedly be able to learn a lot from her, said the president.

During her meeting with President Tsai, Ambassador Coppedge spoke very highly of Taiwan's efforts to combat human trafficking and safeguard human rights, and mentioned that the US State Department's 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report once again placed Taiwan in Tier 1, an exclusive list of the countries that fight human trafficking most effectively. This shows that the international community is very appreciative of Taiwan's successes in combating trafficking in persons.

President Tsai also asked Ambassador Coppedge about the US experience in fighting against human trafficking, and expressed hope that Taiwan can do still more in this area. The president stated that protecting human rights is a very important task for Taiwan, and that some immigrant laborers in Taiwan still face big problems, such as excessive working hours or being forced to perform highly dangerous or unreasonably strenuous work. Hopefully, she said, the government can safeguard the rightful interests of immigrant laborers by paying close attention to their working conditions and bringing the power of the state to bear on existing problems. Doing so, remarked the president, would also show the international community that Taiwan is making a serious effort to protect human rights.
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