US Senate Confirms Cindy Dyer, JD ’93, as Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking

January 10, 2023

US Senate Confirms Cindy Dyer, JD ’93, as Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking




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The US Senate has confirmed Cindy Dyer, JD ’93, to become the next Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), with the rank of Ambassador. Dyer’s appointment by President Biden earlier this year was confirmed by a unanimous bipartisan vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in early December and by unanimous consent of the full Senate before the Christmas Holiday.

Cindy Dyer, JD ’93, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), within the U.S. Department of State.

Dyer is a human rights expert with over 25 years of experience working at the local, national, and international levels to address human rights abuses with a focus on human trafficking. She served on the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military and is currently a Senior Advisor and Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) at the US Department of Defense. For 12 years, she was the Vice President for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit advancing economic empowerment, political participation, and human rights for women worldwide. Before joining Vital Voices, she served in a presidential appointment as the Director of the Office on Violence Against Women within the US Department of Justice. After graduating from Baylor Law in 1993, she served as a specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor in Dallas.

Dyer has received the Equal Justice Award from Legal Services of North Texas and the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Greater Dallas Crime Commission.

The J/TIP Director is one of the US government’s top anti-trafficking positions. Dyer will oversee an office of about 100 staffers within the US State Department and lead the Department’s global efforts to combat human trafficking through the prosecution of traffickers, the protection of victims, and the prevention of human trafficking.




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