Like you, I believe Congress should empower federal agencies and law enforcement to combat human trafficking. This week, the House passed the series of bills below to do just that. All three of these bills passed the House unanimously with my strong support.
H.R. 2664 - Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act: This bill directs the Secretary of Labor to train Department of Labor (DOL) personnel to detect trafficking and assist law enforcement in preventing trafficking. DOL employees often have a front line view to identify patterns of labor exploitation and therefore must be properly trained.
H.R. 2480 - Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand: This bill would enable law enforcement agencies to compete for federal funding, specifically to develop and carry out programs that fight sex trafficking demand. Sex trafficking crimes are a rising epidemic in America, but our federal grant system has not kept pace with the seriousness of this issue and this legislation would change that.
H.R. 2200 - Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017: This legislation reauthorizes $130 million in funding to stop human trafficking and provide aid to victims. In addition to providing tools to U.S. departments to combat the problem, the bill will also provide education to susceptible minors who could be vulnerable to traffickers, incentivize hotels to train staff to spot the signs of trafficking, require airlines to train pilots and flight attendants on spotting trafficking, and encourage survivors to work with government agencies to prevent trafficking.
I am proud that the House approved these important bills and I will keep you updated as they move through the legislative process.
Please continue to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you is before Congress.
It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.