Legislative Updates: 113th Congress
Rep. Deutch Cosponsors the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act
Congressman Ted Deutch has signed on as a cosponsor of the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (H.R. 2283). This legislation will improve our nation’s effectiveness in combating human trafficking while maintaining the current budget and number of personnel allotted to the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
The Human Trafficking Prioritization Act would elevate the status of the Office to a Bureau in the State Department, headed by an Assistant Secretary. Granting this issue equal standing with regional and functional bureaus, combined with the Assistant Secretary’s direct access to the Secretary of State, sends a clear message that this issue is extremely important and will remain a priority of the United States.
Human trafficking is a devastating crime against humanity. Currently, over 20,000,000 people are subjected to modern slavery around the world, the majority of which are women and young girls. As a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Deutch is committed to working with other members of Congress to confront human trafficking.
To read more about H.R. 2283, click here.