Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Morris, 202-225-2965, Emily.Morris@mail.house.gov
REPS. LORETTA SANCHEZ & MARTHA MCSALLY INTRODUCE DHS HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION ACT OF 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) and Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), members of the Homeland Security Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent and combat the crisis of human trafficking into the United States. H.R. 4383, the “DHS Human Trafficking Prevention Act of 2016”, takes action to address serious gaps in information gathering and sharing processes at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), highlighted in a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report. The report found that known traffickers have exploited American visa programs to bring victims into the U.S.
“Human trafficking is a pervasive human rights crisis and atrocious crime that is often committed right under our noses. Up to 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year,” said Rep. Sanchez, a member of the Congressional Caucus on Human Trafficking. “Far too many victims are slipping through the cracks and this bill will renew our commitment to combat human trafficking.” Continue reading