Human Rights Project for Girls on Passage of Legislation Supporting Victims of Child Sex Trafficking in the U.S.

Washington, DC – The Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls) congratulates the bipartisan support and passage of two game-changing pieces of legislation in the House for victims of child sex trafficking in the U.S.:  The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act, H.R. 4058, and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, H.R. 3530.

Rights4Girls worked closely with the bill authors and House leadership to elevate the plight of our most vulnerable children here in the U.S.  According to Rights4Girls’ Director of Law and Policy Yasmin Vafa, “we have worked closely with Members like Ted Poe (R-TX), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Karen Bass (D-CA) and others to live out our promise to the girls we advocate for that we would push for legislation that addressed the culture of impunity for buyers and improved the foster care system’s response to child trafficking. We are grateful to the House of Representatives for making our promise to the survivors one step closer to reality.”

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act aims to prevent sex trafficking of youth in America’s foster care system by strengthening child welfare systems’ ability to identify and respond to child sex trafficking, reducing the vulnerability of children in foster care, and promoting stability of foster youth in general so as to prevent against exploitation and other negative outcomes.

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act takes major steps towards ending the culture of impunity for those who seek to purchase sex from underage children by directing law enforcement, courts, and the anti-trafficking task forces throughout the country to effectively target the demand that fuels the sex trafficking market. In addition the bill reauthorizes a child sex trafficking block grant program allowing state and local governments to develop comprehensive support programs for these victims. Finally, the legislation increases the Crime Victims’ Fund cap so that there are more funds to serve not only domestic victims of trafficking, but all victims of crime, who are greatly in need of services and support for the trauma they have endured.

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