Pool was ushered into the Roosevelt Room at 11:16am for a roundtable on human trafficking led by Ivanka Trump.
Several lawmakers and trafficking victims were seated around the table for the meeting.
Ivanka, who sported a periwinkle dress, spoke for two minutes about the Trump administration's efforts to combat human trafficking in the U.S. and across the globe. She noted that next week is Combatting Trafficking and Child Protection Week in Congress, during which lawmakers will present legislation tailored to this issue.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said today's roundtable was a follow-up discussion on a Feb. 23 meeting between POTUS, Ivanka and representatives from several organizations that deal with human trafficking.
"We've been conducting interagency meetings... as well as gathering recommendations from the academic, public and private sector" since the meeting in February, Ivanka told attendees.
She continued: "Combatting human trafficking and modern slavery is both a moral and strategic interest domestically and abroad."
"In 2016, there were over 8,000 cases reported to the National Human Trafficking hotline – a 35 percent increase from 2015."
"Thanks to Congress and government agencies, we have a robust bipartisan framework which will encourage cooperation and information-gathering..."
Pool was ushered out at 11:19am.
Full list of attendees:
Marc Short, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Rep. Susan Brooks – (R-IN)
Rep. Kristi Noem – (R-SD)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler – (R-MO)
Victor Boutros, Founding Director of Human Trafficking Institute
Holly Gibbs, Program Director of Dignity Health's Human Trafficking Response Program
Shelly Schlenker, VP of Public Policy and Advocacy at Dignity Health
Gary Haugen, CEO and Founder of International Justice Mission
Tim Gehring, Policy Director, International Justice Mission
John Richmond, Founding Director of the Human Trafficking Institute
Susan Molinari, Google & WePROTECT
Brad Myles, Polaris
Laura Lederer, President Global Centurion Foundation
Kari Johnstone, Principal Deputy Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons