Congressmen Olson & Costa Lead Measure To Combat Human Trafficking And Increase Support For Survivors
WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA-16) and Pete Olson (R-TX-22), Co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, introduced House Resolution 90 encouraging stronger efforts in the fight to end human trafficking and advocating in support of victims and survivors.
“Human trafficking is both a worldwide atrocity and a very local evil, occurring right in our own backyards,” Rep. Jim Costa, who also co-founded the Victims’ Rights Caucus in 2006, said. “We must coordinate our national, state, and local efforts to end this heinous crime plaguing humanity. As Co-chairs of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, Congressman Olson and I will continue leading bipartisan efforts in Congress to eradicate all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery, once and for all.”
“I’m proud to work with my co-chair, Rep. Costa, to shine a light on the horrors the innocent victims of human trafficking endure,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, an important opportunity to raise awareness, protect our children and support the victims of these heinous crimes. Human trafficking is a vicious form of modern day slavery that touches communities all across America and must be stopped. Working together, we can make a difference in the lives of the more than 40 million innocent victims of these dangerous criminals.”
“Combatting human trafficking remains a top priority for state and local prosecutors nationwide,” Jonathan Blodgett, President of the National District Attorneys Association and elected District Attorney for Essex County, MA, said. “NDAA thanks the Victims’ Rights Caucus, led by Representative Olson and Representative Costa, for shedding light on this growing problem. We look forward to working alongside the Caucus to advocate on behalf of victims and survivors as NDAA works towards the shared goal of ending human trafficking.”
H. Res. 90 calls on the House to support increased awareness and improved coordination of national, state and local efforts to combat human trafficking and modern slavery. It clearly states “every survivor of sex and labor trafficking has the right to be truly recognized… and should be treated with the same justice, respect, and dignity as other victims of crime.”
There are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. Since 2006, The Victims’ Rights Caucus has led bipartisan efforts in Congress to represent the interests of victims of crime, generate awareness about violent and sexual crime in our country and increase resources available to law enforcement to combat the problem.
Media Contact: Cate Cullen