Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2013
(H.R. 1732 Introduced by Rep. Karen Bass – CA-37; currently has 41 cosponsors)
This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and publish guidelines for state welfare agencies on how to identify and treat child victims of human trafficking.
It also creates a mechanism for collecting data from the states on victims of trafficking that are in the child welfare system. Important because 60-80% of child trafficking victims have been in contact with child welfare agencies.
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