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Join us: support legislation to combat human trafficking in the United States and globally

With lockdowns, school closures and heightened poverty, COVID-19 has posed an increased risk on children and families being trafficked in the U.S. and globally. Traffickers have adjusted their business model to adjust to the “new normal”, targeting many children online while capacity to provide essential services to victims have been limited.

Introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2021 (H.R. 5150) is a bipartisan piece of legislation that seeks to provide funding to combat human trafficking in the U.S. and globally. Building on the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, this legislation will create new programs and strengthen laws to prevent trafficking, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators.

The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2021 also seeks to:

  • strengthen the elementary and secondary school prevention education grant to prevent online grooming and trafficking of children through linguistically accessible, culturally responsive and trauma-informed approaches and scalable programs
  • expand prevention efforts at USAID
  • require a study to be conducted on the accessibility of mental health services for survivors of trafficking in the United States and provide recommendations on how to improve mental health access

Join us in calling on members of Congress to cosponsor and pass The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2021.

Fill out the form below to urge your Members of Congress to help protect children and end trafficking.

 

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries to help children survive and to protect them from violence, exploitation, and abuse. To combat child trafficking, UNICEF strives to reduce factors that place children and families at risk in the first place.