Child protection agencies are often the first organizations to come in contact with children who've been victims of sex and labor trafficking. The Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act will make sure agencies are better prepared to recognize and help rescue children from the brutal crime of modern-day slavery.
Safe Horizon supports this Act because it would help child protection agencies and advocates to identify child trafficking victims; provide guidelines on the best ways to provide child victims with services; and most important, would make sure these vulnerable children don't fall through the cracks - by improving data collections and agencies' efforts to prevent child trafficking.
This critical legislation deserves support - and we need to make sure Congress gets it passed so children have the chance to find and receive help, healing, and better futures.
As part of your constituency, I’m asking you to support H.R. 2730, the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act of 2011. Please act to help make child victims of the brutal crime of trafficking get the help they deserve.
H.R. 2730 will make sure state child protection agencies can identify child victims of trafficking and address the issues they face. The bill would require Health and Human Services to provide guidelines on recognizing, addressing, and preventing child trafficking; to publish best practices on identifying all forms of child trafficking; and to develop licensing guidelines for residential agencies who work with child trafficking victims.
The bill will also ensure agencies are tracking survivors of child trafficking and their progress through data collection – which can be used to help prevent more children from becoming trafficking victims.
Most important, H.R. 2730 will the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act will make sure agencies will act consistently and effectively to help child trafficking victims get the safety and support they need.
Please support H.R. 2730 and help save young lives from the impact of exploitation and abuse.