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The State Department’s Mission in Combating Human Trafficking

Wed, Nov 16, 2016, 5:00pm - 6:15pm

You are cordially invited to a special presentation with the U.S. Department of State on the topic of

The State Department’s Mission in Combating Human Trafficking


Jane Nady Sigmon, PhD  
Senior Advisor to the Director of the State Department’s Office
to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons 

Wednesday, November 16

5:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


Dr. Jane Nady Sigmon serves as Senior Advisor to the Director of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) and lead for developing Child Protection Compact Partnerships between the U.S. and other governments.  She joined the State Department in 2000 and the TIP Office in 2006.  She managed the TIP Office’s global foreign assistance program, including hundreds of anti-trafficking projects in nearly 100 countries (2006-2012), and she served as the Department’s first crime victim assistance specialist (2000-2006), where she created the consular assistance to crime victims program and trained hundreds of consular officers on how to assist American citizens who were victims of violence overseas.  

Previously in government, Dr. Sigmon served as director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (1987-1991); was Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau in the Department of Health and Human Services (1984-1987); and special assistant to the Commissioner on Developmental Disabilities (1982-1984).  While working with non-profit organizations, Dr. Sigmon oversaw criminal justice research, evaluation, and training, for the American Prosecutors Research Institute/National District Attorneys Association (1997-2000).  She also served as executive director of the non-profit, Victims’ Assistance Legal Organization, VALOR, (1992-1997), where she founded the National Victim Assistance Academy with support from the Justice Department.  Early in her career, Dr. Sigmon specialized in diagnosing developmental and learning disorders in children (1971-1982), while working in schools and public health clinics.

Dr. Sigmon earned a masters degree from Boston University and doctorate at Duke University.  She authored and co-authored several publications, including Combating Trafficking in Persons: a Call to Action for Global Health Professionals; Moving Toward Gender-sensitive Services for Victims of Human Trafficking; Combating Modern Day Slavery: Issues in Identifying and Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking Worldwide; Successful Adjudication Partnerships; Truancy Reduction: Keeping Kids in School; The Tennessee Prosecutors’ Caseload Study; the National Victim Assistance Academy Text; and The Coordinated Interagency Approach to Restitution.  Honors and awards include the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) first John Heinz Award for outstanding Federal leadership on behalf of victims of crime (1991); the American Society of Victimology’s Ed Stout Innovation in Victim Services Award (2009); the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters conferred by Albertus Magnus College in 2010, and several State Department Superior Honor Awards.