In an unorthodox move typical of his no-nonsense style, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) declined to take to the podium at today’s club meeting, opting instead to address the hundreds of club members in attendance from the floor. But it didn’t diminish the impact of his talk, which ranged from his candid views on the challenges of Washington politics in 2018, to insights as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to reflections on the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act, which he sponsored in the Senate.
Many club members may have been shocked to hear that 145 years after passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and 62 years after Article 4 of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights banned slavery and the slave trade worldwide, there are more slaves today than at any other time in human history.
In February 2015, Senator Corker introduced bipartisan legislation to help eliminate slavery and human trafficking around the globe. With support from individuals, organizations and faith-based institutions, authorizing legislation for the End Modern Slavery Initiative was included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA), which overwhelmingly passed the Senate on December 8, 2016.
Hear a live recording of Senator Corker’s talk and in-depth Q&A via our “Leadership in Action” podcast series.