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Cherokee Federal team pivotal in U.S. effort against human trafficking

January 29, 2021

A team of 18 employees at Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions (CNMS) are central to the work of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP).

An estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children are victims of human trafficking around the world. The victims of this crime are trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and sexual exploitation.

The scope and severity of this crime is documented in the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report — the world’s most comprehensive resource of international efforts against human trafficking. The TIP report is produced annually by J/TIP, and is an invaluable tool for all nations who confront traffickers.

The CNMS employees on J/TIP’s staff were central to researching and writing the landmark 20th edition of the TIP report, which was published in June 2020. The research informs U.S. embassies and foreign governments of human trafficking in 116 countries. The CNMS team also coordinates the State Department’s activities to promote global anti-trafficking efforts.

“The battle to end human trafficking doesn’t end with the TIP report,” says Tim Roberts, Sr. VP of innovative practices at Cherokee Federal. “CNMS employees in the J/TIP office are developing and improving anti-trafficking efforts through close coordination with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), embassies and heads of government.”

The TIP report has continuously documented the growing movement against human trafficking and provided a roadmap for governments to address the crime  laying out realistic and actionable policy priorities while insisting on continuous improvement.

“The opportunity to provide critical research services in the global fight against human trafficking is something we take very seriously,” Roberts says.

Currently, the CNMS team is evaluating how COVID-19 has affected human trafficking. Its research suggests that the economic instability created by the pandemic has made more people vulnerable to human traffickers, which indicates an overall rise in trafficking.

While the next TIP report is likely to reflect that rise, the CNMS team is already taking active measures to curb any increase in trafficking. J/TIP and CNMS are expanding their anti-trafficking efforts and providing additional training to foreign governments.

To learn more, read the 20th edition of the TIP report.



Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions is part of Cherokee Federal, a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. Cherokee Federal’s team of companies, with more than 3,300 employees, manages nearly 2,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.


Cherokee Federal is a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. Its mission is to diversify and grow the economy of Cherokee Nation. Company profits support future business investments, as well as programs and services for tribal citizens. Cherokee Federal also believes in the value of a diverse workforce and in investing in the brightest talent to keep the company moving forward.


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