Special Representative on Human Trafficking Issues


In order to facilitate the involvement of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the international debate and action on trafficking issues, President Bruce George appointed then-Head of the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE PA, Congressman Christopher Smith, as his Special Representative on Human Trafficking Issues in February 2004. Every subsequent president has reappointed Smith, who is the author of the United States’ landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its 2003 and 2005 reauthorizations. He is also the author of a major child trafficking prevention law, the International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders, which became U.S. law in 2016. Most recently, Smith wrote the Frederick Douglas Trafficking Victims Prevention, Protection and Reauthorization Act, which was signed into law in 2019.

Smith served five times as Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and is the co-founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus. He is the second highest-ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a senior member on its Foreign Affairs Committee, where he is Ranking Member of its Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee.

Within the OSCE, Smith has long been a strong and active advocate for combating human trafficking. Since raising this issue at the 1999 St. Petersburg Annual Session, the first time it appeared on the OSCE agenda, Smith has introduced or cosponsored a supplementary item and/or amendments on trafficking to committee resolutions at each annual session of the OSCE PA, including on issues such as sex tourism prevention, training of the transportation sector in victim identification and reporting, corporate responsibility for trafficking in supply chains, and special protections for vulnerable populations.

These efforts have raised the profile of the human trafficking problem in the OSCE region, are reflected in the 2013 Addendum to the OSCE Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, and have prompted other parliamentarians to take the lead in addressing human trafficking their respective capitals.


  • Collect information on human trafficking in the OSCE region;

  • Promote dialogue in the OSCE, in its Parliamentary Assembly in particular, on how to combat human trafficking;

  • Advise the Assembly both on the implementation of its agreed policies in these matters as well as on the development of new policies;

  • Consider how to protect the victims and how to combat the criminal elements involved;

  • Communicate with relevant actors within the OSCE  who work on issues concerning human trafficking.



Chris Smith speaks on the floor of the US House of Representatives in favor of his in favor of his legislation to bolster the fight against human trafficking, Washington, 13 February 2024

Report to the OSCE PA Standing Committee meeting on 24 February 2021


Keynote address to ODIHR & UN Women side event at the
20th OSCE Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons Conference, 21 July 2020

Report to the OSCE PA Bureau meeting, 27 April 2020 

 Presentation of supplementary item at 28th Annual Session in Luxembourg

Side event on human trafficking at 28th Annual Session in Luxembourg

Interview on work as Special Representative at 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi




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