But protecting some of the most vulnerable among us is not a partisan issue. With the new American Congress under Republican control, anti-human trafficking bills that have broad bipartisan support finally have a real opportunity of getting through the Senate, ultimately reaching the President’s desk, and being signed into law. This Congress, the House has already passed 12 human-trafficking bills.
The House’s anti-human trafficking bills—some of which we’ve now passed multiple times—have focused on:
- Improving the tools available to law enforcement
- Identifying and developing best practices to prevent trafficking
- Helping victim survivors recover
- Training government employees on how to properly detect and respond to human trafficking
Bills from both bodies help restore victims’ lives by providing access to support services and providing further protections from this heinous form of modern-day slavery. The bills also provide additional tools and resources to law enforcement, improving their effectiveness at targeting and prosecuting traffickers.
Human trafficking exists across all states and districts. It’s a nationwide and international issue that continues to affect tens of thousands of people in America alone despite the tireless efforts of law enforcement, advocacy groups, government agencies, and the international community. With America’s new Congress, we are finally moving closer to ending this terrible crime.
NOTE: The infographic below highlights the extent to which human trafficking exists in the United States.