Susan Coppedge Appointed Ambassador-at-Large
President Obama has appointed Susan Coppedge as the Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. In this role she will lead the United State’s global engagement against human trafficking. The State Department’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons assesses global trends, provides strategic foreign assistance funding and engages foreign governments, civil society, other federal agencies and key stakeholders in the fight against modern slavery.
Ambassador Coppedge previously served as Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia. During her time there she prosecuted more than 45 human traffickers in federal cases involving transnational and domestic sex trafficking of adults and children, and labor trafficking. These prosecutions brought perpetrators to justice and assisted more than 90 victims of trafficking. Ambassador Coppedge carries with her the stories of these survivors, many of whom thought the system would never stand up for them. She has also worked closely with nongovernmental organizations in conducting community outreach and providing vital services for victims. (Photo: www.state.gov)