Children who are victims of human trafficking in the United States are exploited and often have nowhere to turn. Traffickers know this and take advantage of it by forcing victims to commit crimes such as money laundering and drug trafficking, or by listing the name of a victim on the lease of a trafficking facility in order to avoid prosecution.
As it stands, there is no legal precedent that allows trafficking victims to vacate convictions and expunge arrests for nonviolent crimes committed as a result of being trafficked. That is what the bipartisan Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2017 seeks to change. Take action below to urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor this important piece of legislation!
Protect victims of child trafficking
Contact your Members of Congress and urge them to support the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2017 (H.R.459 and S.104).
When trafficking victims are convicted of nonviolent crimes they have been forced to commit, their criminal record reduces their access to job opportunities and other basic services that are crucial for post-trafficking recovery. This lack of access perpetuates and reinforces the cyclical vulnerabilities that made them susceptible to trafficking in the first place.
At UNICEF USA, we believe in punishing traffickers, not survivors, and support creating avenues for survivors to access the resources they need.
Please join us by urging your federal legislators to cosponsor this legislation.