Cicilline Helps Advance Package of House Bills to Combat Human Trafficking

Jan 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives approved several important bipartisan bills to  prevent human trafficking and expand and improve services for trafficking victims. Included in the legislative package were two bills Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) cosponsored, including the Human Trafficking Prevention Act (H.R. 357) and the Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R. 469).

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery—its victims are robbed of both their freedom and their dignity, and these repulsive acts violate our deepest moral values,” said Cicilline, who managed debate on the House Floor yesterday on several bills that were included in this legislative package.

According to the U.S. Department of State, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year. The Department of Justice found as many as 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the U.S. each year.

This comprehensive package of bills that passed in the House would expand federal training requirements for State Department personnel on identifying and preventing human trafficking, affirm the U.S. commitment to combatting human trafficking, and help prevent child sex offenders and traffickers from exploiting vulnerable children when they cross an international border.