Honorable Eric Himpton Holder Jr.

82nd Attorney General of the United States, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Eric Holder

Honorable Eric Holder served as the Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015. As the third-longest-serving Attorney General in U.S. history and the first African American to hold that office, Honorable Holder is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement and criminal justice issues, including the prosecution of traffickers. Appointed to various positions requiring U.S. Senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Reagan, Honorable Holder served in government for more than thirty years and, when not in government service, works as a partner at Covington & Burling LLP.

“It is almost unfathomable, to consider that—150 years since President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation; more than six decades after the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights prohibited the practice of slavery; and more than fifteen years since the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act became law—today, in communities across and beyond this country, slavery not only persists but does so in greater numbers than at any other time in human history.”