Press Release


House Passes Human Trafficking Detection Act

Media Contact: April Ward (202) 226-8417

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed, by voice vote, H.R. 5116, the Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2014, introduced by Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC). The legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide a human trafficking awareness-training program for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other relevant personnel.

U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC), Subcommittee Ranking Member Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) joined in co-sponsoring the bill.

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX): “In March, I held a Committee hearing in Texas where we heard from courageous survivors of human trafficking, as well as State and local law enforcement on how we can work together to combat this horrific crime. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plays a critical role in this effort. I’m pleased the House has passed the Human Trafficking Detection Act to ensure CBP, TSA, and other DHS personnel are trained on how to detect and prevent trafficking. The bill also encourages partnerships between DHS and State and local law enforcement to establish additional training programs. I will continue to push for further measures to fight human trafficking within the United States and around the world.”