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.
We are now calling on the Senate to join the House in passing this legislation to combat human trafficking.
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.