On behalf of Crittenton, we are extremely encouraged by the recent progress of 12 human-trafficking focused bills in congress. Our leaders in the house are setting an important tone and building a platform on which we can all better address the needs of children who have been, or are vulnerable to, trafficking. As a member of Congressman Royce’s Congressional Task Force on Human Trafficking, and a direct service provider for almost 50 years in one of our nation’s hotbeds for exploitation, we recognize the importance of policy that effectively understands and responds to the trauma experienced by youth who are bought and sold for labor or sex.
We are especially proud of our California delegation that has chosen to commit themselves and their resources to this issue and to children like those that Crittenton serves each and every day. Representative Karen Bass, Representative Doris Matsui and Representative Ed Royce have tirelessly worked to ensure that the United States is a safe haven for all, and that no person will live in fear of modern-day slavery.
Crittenton is proud to support this critical bill package and looks forward to working alongside our various partners and legislators to secure its success in the Senate.
The full list of the bills under consideration:
H.R. 181 – Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, as amended (Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) & Carolyn Maloney (D-NY))
H.R. 159 – Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015, as amended (Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) & Gwen Moore (D-WI))
H.R. 469 – Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015 (Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA))
H.R. 350 – Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2015 (Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) & Doris Matsui (D-CA))
H.R. 468 – Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims for Youth Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV))
H.R. 246 – To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking (Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH))
H.R. 398 – Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015 (Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) & Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL))
H.R. 460 – Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015 (Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC))
H.R. 285 – Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2015 (Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO))
H.R. 515 – International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking (Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ))
H.R. 514 – Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ))
H.R. 357 – Human Trafficking Prevention Act (by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY))
Stefanie Benvenuto serves as the Public Policy and Advocacy Director of Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California (CSCF). In this role she is directly responsible for the agency’s public policy program and advocacy efforts relating to child welfare, foster care, juvenile justice, and similar areas of legislative focus. Ms. Benvenuto also serves as Crittenton’s policy analyst, an advisor on all civic engagement efforts, and manages governmental and community relations needs at the local, county, state, and national level.