Success! Increased legal tools to help trafficking victims in the United States
"After years of advocating that buyers should be held accountable under Federal anti-trafficking laws, we were thrilled to see both the Senate and House pass the Justice Victims Trafficking Act. We hope President Obama will quickly sign this bill into law. It sends a clear and much needed message that sexual exploitation of women and girls will not be tolerated."
-Shelby Quast, Policy Director, Equality Now
Washington, D.C. – On May 19, 2015, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA). After years of advocating for its passage, Equality Now welcomes this new piece of legislation for its important provisions on support services for survivors and for increasing the legal tools to address the demand that fuels trafficking. The tens of thousands of women and girls who are sexually exploited everyday will greatly benefit from the added protection.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their Senators and Representatives to help ensure that we have laws that protect women and girls from exploitation while holding the exploiters accountable.
We will let you know when the President signs the JVTA into law.