Important Anti-Trafficking Legislation Passed
March 3rd, 2013
Last Thursday, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), as part of the Violence Against Women Act. President Obama is expected to sign this legislation soon. The TVPRA is a critically important tool for protecting human trafficking survivors and stopping the perpetrators of violence, exploitation and enslavement. The bill authorizes millions of dollars for human trafficking services and programs and encourages distribution of the National Human Trafficking Hotline by federal agencies.
In addition, Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming last week signed his state’s first law that outlaws human trafficking, making Wyoming the 50th state to make human trafficking a crime. Wyoming’s laws now offer some of the strongest legal protections and support for survivors of human trafficking in the country.
In 2004, when advocacy for legislation on human trafficking had just begun, only four states had made human trafficking a crime. Now, all fifty states have criminalized human trafficking and significant numbers of states are passing even stronger laws to protect survivors and punish traffickers.
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