Every child deserves a childhood in which they are cared for and protected.
Sadly, this is not the case for too many of our nation’s kids.
While we’ve made significant progress in the past years to better protect our children and prosecute their predators, more can still be done, especially regarding those who exploit technological advances to hurt children.
We’re taking action to build on our promise to protect children and punish those who abuse them. Here’s what we’ve done so far…
11 ways the House has fought to end child abuse and exploitation
- By ensuring that youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks on prospective staff and volunteers through the FBI’s database.
- Source: The Child Protection Improvements Act (H.R. 695)
- By protecting valuable information and evidence used to prosecute and convict child predators.
- Source: The Targeting Child Predators Act (H.R. 883)
- By reauthorizing programs that help prevent child abuse by ensuring the public has access to information on known sex offenders who may live in their neighborhood.
- Source: The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1188)
- By enhancing penalties for sex offenders who fail to register in the national sex offender registry when they have a prior state conviction for a violent crime.
- Source: The Strengthening Children’s Safety Act (H.R. 1842)
- By combating global sex tourism by closing loopholes that allow child predators to go unpunished for their abuse of children overseas.
- Source: The Global Child Protection Act (H.R. 1862)
- By providing training to prosecutors on investigating and processing cases with a trauma informed and victim-centered approach, and encouraging states to provide appropriate services to victims of trafficking.
- Source: The Put Trafficking Victims First Act (H.R. 2473)
- By protecting child pornography victims by addressing a loophole in the law through adding additional bases of liability to the crime of child pornography production.
- Source: The Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act (H.R. 1761)
- By preventing the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities among other things.
- Source: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 534).
- By providing new tools to law enforcement to combat online sex trafficking and making it easier for states to prosecute criminal actor websites.
- Source: Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (H.R. 1865)
- By choking off human traffickers’ access to financial systems.
- Source: End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017 (H.R. 2219)
- By increasing the the maximum prison term for a stalking offense, if the victim is under 18 years old.
- Source: Combat Online Predators Act (H.R. 4203)
All of these actions, all of these bills, are about going after sex offenders and combating child pornography and human trafficking. Children are some of the most vulnerable and innocent among us and they deserve the highest protection of the law.
Together, we can and must fight child abuse and exploitation.
If you want to see how else Congress has been working for the safety and security of the American people, visit www.DidYouKnow.gov
To find out more about the specific legislation mentioned in this article, please visit www.congress.gov