On May 20, a total of five bills were passed with bipartisan support by the US House of Representatives. These bills will strengthen America’s response to child victims of sex trafficking. These bills are:
- H.R. 3530, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA)
- H.R. 3610, Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2013 (SETT)
- H.R. 4058, Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act
- H.R. 4225, Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2014 (SAVE)
- H.R. 4573, International Megan’s Law
The passage of International Megan’s Law tracks with global concerns about traveling sex offenders and the widespread problem of child trafficking. H.R. 4225, the SAVE Act, recognizes the increasing role of online classified websites in facilitating child sex trafficking. H.R. 4058 aims to add more protection for children in foster care.
These bills have passed the House of Representatives, and they will now be sent to the Senate. Let your Senators know that you want their vote for these bills! Through Shared Hope International, you can send a letter asking for support of S. 1733 (passed in the House as H.R. 3610) and for support of S. 1738 (passed in the House as H.R. 3530).
You can also track pending state legislation by utilizing Shared Hope’s online bill tracker.