Washington—The U.S. House of Representatives passed five anti-human trafficking bills Tuesday evening, two of which have a direct impact on states. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) endorsed HR 3530 and HR 3610, which are aimed at strengthening trafficking enforcement and providing assistance to trafficking victims.
“These House bills represent a step toward assisting states in eradicating human trafficking,” said Bruce Starr (R), an Oregon state senator and NCSL’s president. “NCSL is hopeful that they will be further enhanced as they continue through the legislative process.”
NCSL has been at the forefront of this issue and is the first organization representing state elected officials to adopt a formal policy condemning human trafficking and encouraging state-federal coordination.
“I applaud the U.S. House for identifying the need for anti-human trafficking legislation,” Starr added. “States have been at the forefront in efforts to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking by bringing traffickers to justice and providing victims’ services. This effort will supplement valuable state activities and permit states to further enhance them. States welcome the opportunity to partner with the federal government to combat human trafficking. These bills help further that common goal.”
The U.S. Senate is expected to take up companion legislation in late June. For more information including the letter sent to U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas), please click here.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.