16 Ways House Republicans Have Fought to End Human Trafficking in 2017

Communications • August 11, 2017

Did you know that, according to the FBI, human trafficking is the fastest growing and the third-largest criminal activity in the world?

Did you know it’s happening right here at home?

Did you know we’re doing something about it?

Here are 16 ways the House worked to end human trafficking this year:

  1. Offered tools to the Department of Labor to better detect cases of human exploitation
    • Source: H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act
  2. Expanded the ability for the Department of Justice to compete for federal funding specifically to carry out programs that fight sex trafficking demand
    • Source: H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act
  3. Reauthorized $130 million to fund the prevention of human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers
    • Source: H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017
  4. Combated global sex tourism by closing loopholes that allow child predators to go unpunished for their abuse of children overseas
    • Source: H.R. 1862, the Global Child Protection Act of 2017
  5. Enhanced the penalties for sex offenders who fail to register in the national sex offender registry
    • Source: H.R. 1842, the Strengthening Children’s Safety Act of 2017
  6. Approved targeted changes to tracking and information systems ensuring the public has access to information on known sex offenders
    • Source: H.R. 1188, the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017
  7. Helped protect valuable information used to prosecute and convict child predators
    • Source: H.R. 883, the Targeting Child Predators Act of 2017
  8. Ensured that youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks through the FBI’s database
    • Source: H.R. 695, the Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017
  9. Allowed the State Department to use cash rewards to help bring human traffickers to justice
    • Source: H.R. 1625, the TARGET Act
  10. Provided state and local leaders greater flexibility to meets the needs to at-risk youth in their communities and improve public safety
    • Source: H.R. 1809, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017
  11. Increase public awareness of new and innovative ways to recover and protect missing and exploited children
    • Source: . H.R. 1808, the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017
  12. Authorized the Department of Homeland Security efforts to deter, detect, and mitigate instances of human trafficking
    • Source: H.R. 1370, the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017
  13. Directed the Attorney General to ensure prosecutors are trained to properly handle cases where victims have suffered trauma
    • Source: H.R. 2473, the Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2017
  14. Protected troops from non-consensual sharing of intimate media by other military members
    • Source: H.R. 2052, the PRIVATE Act
  15. Protected child pornogrphy vitims by remedying a federal court ruling that allowed defendants to walk free from production of child pornogrphy charges
    • Source: H.R. 1761, the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017
  16. Required the prompt reporting of suspected cases of abuse in amateur athletic governing bodies
    • Source: H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017  

 

 

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