Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Headlines Congressional Event Launching Alliance to End Human Trafficking

November 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) headlined an event at the United States Capitol launching the Alliance to End Human Trafficking, a group of survivors, victim advocates and non-profit organizations committed to raising awareness, educating the public and providing resources to fight this modern-day slavery.

“Our Declaration of Independence says that every American is guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The monsters who engage in human trafficking have stolen these rights from their victims,” Olson stated. “Congress has passed bills to fight this evil, but new laws are not enough. Working with the Alliance to End Human Trafficking to increase public awareness, bring together advocates and strengthen partnerships, we can provide coordinated resources to work to end this scourge once and for all.”

Olson was joined by his Victims’ Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Jim Costa (D-CA) and Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), as well as Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR), Chip Roy (R-TX) and Ann Wagner (R-MO):

“Human trafficking is a problem that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. I am pleased to join the Alliance to End Human Trafficking to raise awareness of this important issue. Every year, millions of men, women, and children worldwide are thrown into a life of violence, forced labor and sexual exploitation. As co-founder and co-chair of the Crime Survivors and Justice Caucus, I have worked to advocate for crime victims throughout my career. This is an issue that I have first-hand knowledge of, from families and law enforcement in my district. It is their stories, and the impact I’ve seen on families in our communities, that motivates me every day to find solutions that effectively work to end this scourge on society.”—Rep. Jim Costa

“As Co-Chair of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, I am extremely concerned about human trafficking here in our nation and around the world. I thank all those who attended the launch of Alliance to End Human Trafficking today. We had a thoughtful discussion on human trafficking and how we can confront this issue and help save lives. In Congress, I believe both parties must continue to work together in a bipartisan fashion to combat human trafficking.”—Rep. Debbie Lesko

“Human trafficking impacts a frightening number of Americans and it is critical we do everything in our power to put a stop to it. The launch of the Alliance to End Human Trafficking will spread greater awareness of this evil entity and help our communities to both combat the problem and help survivors. I am especially proud of the Alliance to End Human Trafficking’s co-founder, Andi Buerger, who is from Redmond, Oregon and has led the charge on this issue for years. Both Oregon and America are lucky to have people like Andi dedicating their lives to end human trafficking.”—Rep. Greg Walden

“Human trafficking is aptly described as modern-day slavery. Victims of human trafficking are robbed of their God-given rights and forced to work or perform sexual services for the direct profit of their captors. It is a soul sucking practice and is happening right now under our noses in our country. I’m thankful for the Alliance to End Human Trafficking and other groups who shine a light on such an important issue. We need to do all we can to end human trafficking.”—Rep. Chip Roy

“Human trafficking is a horrific crime that affects at-risk populations in the United States and worldwide. I hope that the Alliance to End Human Trafficking will be a powerful force in the fight against criminals who exploit children and other vulnerable people. I am grateful for the Alliance’s commitment to ending these atrocities and empowering the most vulnerable among us. I look forward to working with them to end human trafficking, and I thank my colleague Congressman Olson for his leadership on this important issue.”—Rep. Ann Wagner

Alliance to End Human Trafficking co-founder Lynn Shaw added: “We have witnessed a nonpartisan international gathering of concerned people from all walks of life, gathered to speak in a unified voice to bring attention to and awareness of the horrors of human trafficking. And we are further committed to its eradication.”