AG Gansler Urges Congress to Fund Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act to continue fight
Baltimore, MD ( Nov. 2, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, President of The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), was joined today by 46 other state and territorial attorneys general in a letter urging congressional leaders to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) by the end of the year to preserve programs that combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The letter states, "Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, generating over $32 billion in profits to traffickers annually, according to some estimates."
"As a state and a nation we cannot turn our backs on the victims of human trafficking," said Attorney General Gansler. "We can't afford to concede this fight to those who profit by exploiting children and adults, especially in difficult fiscal times."
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, introduced in 2000, greatly increased America's efforts to protect victims, assist survivors, improve prevention methods and successfully prosecute traffickers. In December 2008, Congress reauthorized the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), and it has been renewed three times since, but it needs to be reauthorized by the end of this year or it will expire.
The NAAG letter offers specific funding recommendations for programs within the U.S. Dept. of Justice, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to curtail the human trafficking industry and provide the resources necessary to rehabilitate survivors, both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.
NAAG has made anti-human trafficking efforts one of its major initiatives starting with a 2011-2012 Pillars of Hope presidential initiative and continuing with a NAAG Human Trafficking Committee.
A copy of the NAAG letter can be found here: http://www.naag.org/sign-on_archive.php