The fight against human trafficking remains a priority in the House of Representatives. In fact, in 2017 the House passed a legislative package of 11 bills that will provide law enforcement with additional tools to target human traffickers and close legal loopholes that allow predators to go unpunished. These bills now move onto the Senate for further consideration.
H.R. 1625—Targeted Rewards for the Global Eradication of Human Trafficking (TARGET) Act
• While human traffickers often operate outside of our borders, profits from this industry contribute to the expansion
of organized crime and terrorism in the United States and worldwide.
• Introduced by Rep. Royce, the TARGET ACT takes a global approach to the fight against human trafficking by
authorizing the State Department and federal law enforcement to target international human traffickers by offering
rewards for their arrest or conviction around the globe.
H.R. 2200—Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act
• The bill reauthorizes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, a landmark bill that created many of the tools
the U.S. uses today to combat human trafficking.
• The bill also includes a provision from the TARGET Act that allows the State Department to use cash rewards to
help bring human traffickers to justice.
H.R. 1862—Global Child Protection Act
• Under current law, certain types of sexual contact, like those committed overseas, are not explicitly covered under
the criminal definition of “illicit sexual conduct,” allowing some child predators to evade prosecution.
• The Global Child Protection Act, closes this loophole and broadens the sentencing code so that offenses against
children under the age of 12 are treated the same as those against children between the ages of 12 and 18.
H.R. 1842—Strengthening Children’s Safety Act
• Currently, some offenders avoid punishment because of the court they are convicted in.
• The Strengthening Children’s Safety Act closes two separate loopholes to this effect.
• First, the bill closes a loophole that allows offenders to avoid facing enhanced imprisonment penalties for
committing violent crimes under state law while also failing to properly register as a sex offender.
• Second, the bill prevents sex offenders from evading steeper penalties if their previously convicted sex offense
was under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
H.R. 695—Child Protection Improvements Act
• In an effort to ensure those working with children are not predators, this bill makes FBI fingerprint-based
background checks widely available to any organizations that serves children, the disabled, or the elderly in a
timely and affordable manner.
• The Child Protection Improvement Act also protects privacy rights by ensuring that the specifics of a criminal record
are never disclosed without explicit consent by the volunteer or employee and by providing individuals with the
ability to correct errors in their records.
H.R. 1188—Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act
• This legislation strengthens sex offender requirements and enforcements, expands federal registry access to
Native American tribes, and authorizes funding for programs intended to address and deter child exploitation.
H.R. 2473—Enforcing Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
• Many in law enforcement are still new to dealing with victims of human trafficking, who have unique circumstances
• This bill provides stakeholders, including law enforcement, prosecutors, service providers, and government
officials, with the resources, training, and information they need to better serve victims of human trafficking.
The bill also calls for additional DoJ reporting and improved data collection.
H.R. 1808—Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act
• This critical legislation updates and streamlines the Missing Children’s Assistance Act in order to help the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children strengthen its programs and better serve vulnerable children and their
H.R. 1809—Juvenile Justice Reform Act
• This bill aims to reduce juvenile delinquency by providing states and local leaders with increased flexibility to
help at-risk youth.
• Specifically, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act requires the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
(OJJDP) to use evidence-based strategies and up-to-date, reliable data and improves oversight and accountability
within the OJJDP.
H.R. 1370—Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act
• Currently, the Department of Homeland Security is conducting the Blue Campaign. The Blue Campaign is DHS’s
unified voice in the fight against human trafficking and encourages collaboration between law enforcement,
government, and non-governmental and private organizations.
• This bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue department-wide guidance and develop training
programs as part of the Blue Campaign.
H.R. 1761—Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act
• Under current law, some sexual predators who produce child pornography are able to avoid a conviction even if
they confess due to a lack of intent.
• This legislation amends the federal criminal code in order to eliminate this loophole and ensure that anyone guilty
of sexually exploiting a child and creating child pornography will be held fully accountable.
H.R. 1973—Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse
• Last year, reports revealed that USA Gymnastics personnel sexually assaulted approximately 368 young
competitors. Even more troubling is the fact that in many cases USA Gymnastics failed to report these abuses to law
• In an effort to prevent cases such as these from going unreported, this bill requires prompt reporting of
suspected abuse, as well as mandatory training and implementation of policies and procedures for sexual abuse
allegations at amateur athletic governing bodies.
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