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Fraudulent Overseas Recruitment and Trafficking Elimination Act of 2013
(H.R.3344 Introduced by Rep. Edward Royce R. CA-39 (introduced 10/28/2013)
Amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to require the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Dept. of State to incorporate anti-trafficking and antislavery priorities into other aspects of foreign assistance to ensure that assistance programs do not contribute to vulnerability to, or the prevalence of, human trafficking and slavery.

Requires a foreign labor contractor to disclose in writing in English and in the primary language of the worker being recruited specified information, including the identity of the employer and the recruiter, worker protections, and a signed copy of the work contract.

Prohibits a foreign labor contractor from providing related false or misleading information. Prohibits certain recruitment fees. Requires a foreign labor contractor to obtain from the Secretary of Labor a certificate of registration which shall be valid for two years. Provides for a registration fee.

Exempts from such certificate requirement an employer who engages in foreign labor contracting solely to find workers for the employer’s own use without the participation of any other foreign labor contractor. Directs the Secretary of Labor to: (1) maintain a list of all registered foreign labor contractors and a list of all such contractors whose registration has been revoked; and (2) establish a process for receipt, investigation, and disposition of complaints.

Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to require a consular officer, before issuing specified work visas, to: (1) provide the alien with certain trafficking information, and (2) review and include in the alien’s visa file the foreign labor recruiter’s disclosures.

Directs the Secretary of State to ensure that: (1) each U.S. diplomatic mission has a person responsible for receiving information from any worker who has been subject to violations of this Act, and (2) consulates maintain and make public any information regarding the identities of foreign labor contractors and the employers to whom those contractors supply workers.

Take Civic Action

  • Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know that you care about combating human trafficking in your community, and ask what they are doing to address human trafficking in your area.
  • Ask your Representative(s) to cosponsor these bills and do everything possible to bring them to a vote in 2014.
  • Start or sign a human trafficking petition that helps improve federal and/or state laws against trafficking.

January is Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Month:

January, 2014 Human Trafficking Month Prayer

Source: http://www.stopenslavement.org/index.html