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Congress Passes Trafficking Victim Act

On May 19, the House passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178), by a vote of 420–3, clearing the measure for President Obama’s signature. The Senate passed the legislation on April 22 (see The Source, 4/24/15).

The measure will create a fund to aid domestic trafficking victims and authorize block grants to assist states to assist in developing, improving, and expanding child trafficking deterrence programs.

The bill incorporates the provisions of several human trafficking bills passed by the House in January, including the Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act (H.R. 350), the Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act (H.R. 398), a bill to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking (H.R. 246), the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act (H.R. 285), the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act (H.R. 1257), and the Bring Missing Children Home Act (H.R. 1115), among several others (see The Source, 1/30/15).

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