01.11.18

House Passes McCaul’s Bill to Combat Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House unanimously passed H.R. 4708, the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017. This bipartisan bill, introduced by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), helps protect victims of human trafficking by providing the right tools to federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as private sector organizations to increase awareness and better defend against this heinous threat.

Chairman McCaul: “We must do everything in our power to combat human trafficking, uphold human rights, and prevent our citizens from becoming victims of this heinous crime. The Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act will better equip DHS to partner, educate, and coordinate efforts and intelligence sharing on multiple levels. It will provide resources to help deter, detect, and mitigate instances of human trafficking in our country. It will also safeguard victims and help raise public awareness of the threat human trafficking poses to our communities. I am confident this bill will help protect our citizens and children from being exploited.”

Key points of this legislation include:

  • H.R. 4708 authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to deter, detect, and mitigate instances of human trafficking.
  • It provides resources that will allow DHS to continue partnering with state, local, tribal, and territorial entities to provide training on how to raise awareness of human trafficking and coordinate efforts to prevent it.
  • This bill also directs the Department to disseminate intelligence and best practices related to human trafficking trends and mitigation efforts.
  • Finally, the bill bolsters DHS efforts to coordinate among public and private stakeholders, including government agencies, private entities, law enforcement partners, and non-governmental organizations efforts to raise public awareness on the threat human trafficking poses to our communities nationwide.

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