U.S. Congress Takes a Momentous Stand Against Human Trafficking


I have for quite some time done what I can to help children who are used for sex. I am a contributor to organizations that fight sex trafficking, and I follow much of the law surrounding it. So I was very happy to see that the JVTA, which has been sent today to Obama to sign, passed our Congress. Here is the writeup from CATW:

New York, May 19, 2015 – The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) applauds the U.S. Congress for passing the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), the first comprehensive bill to address domestic human trafficking. It now awaits the signature of President Barack Obama to become law.

The JVTA creates a new funding stream to finance services for U.S. trafficking victims. Up to $30 million of the innovative funding mechanism will come from $5,000 fines on perpetrators of crimes ranging from human trafficking to child pornography. The legislation also redefines federal law to clarify that sex buyers of children and human trafficking victims can be prosecuted as traffickers.

“Not only will the JVTA finance services for U.S. victims of trafficking, it puts the onus on sex buyers who cause the devastating harm. We finally have strong federal legislation that aims to prevent the demand for sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation,” says Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of CATW.

One of the JVTA’s most important provisions requires the Department of Justice to incorporate demand reduction strategies into all human trafficking training programs. Survivors have been key in demanding more accountability from commercial sex buyers who cause extensive harm to those they exploit. As a result, the JVTA also creates a new U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, with at least eight survivors, to make recommendations to the US Government on anti-trafficking strategies.

“This victory is not only the result of successful collaborations across political and ideological lines, but it is a testament to the power of survivors enlightening us with the best solutions to end trafficking and exploitation,” says Bien-Aimé.

2 thoughts on “U.S. Congress Takes a Momentous Stand Against Human Trafficking

  1. Caterina,

    Cool article as I am so glad that this is getting looked at seriously. By the way, you seem to have an interesting genuine compassion for showing some Angelic facets of yourself, on this blog and Twitter, by sharing positive and hopeful Humanitarian news. So, you are part of what I call, the Uplifters of People (I like that phrase). Interesting. I follow you on Twitter, maybe you might following me back. Who am I? An altruist that help people who have a dream, for free and unpaid (yeah, we need money but people asking that kinda help should not pay, that is my philosophy!).

    It has been 10 years now I have been doin’ that. Anyhow, my message is for you: Status is only ephemeral if you do not do “noblesse oblige”. As you do noblesse oblige in your attitude, kudos to you! You inspire me in the Human race positive potential! We should link.

    Kindest Regards

    Mr PH. D. Gillon

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