Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Foreign Affairs

Marco Rubio Helps Get International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Through Senate

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., helped get the “International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act” through the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the bill back in May with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, the top Republican on the committee, Rubio and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as co-sponsors.

“Building off of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, the senators’ new legislation proposes reforms to expand U.S. efforts relating to combating human trafficking, including forced labor, as well as new requirements for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to integrate prevention efforts into the agency’s global programming. Among other provisions, the bipartisan bill also amends the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act with the aim of ensuring that the commitment and progress of countries toward implementing effective counter-trafficking measures are factors when determining recipients of U.S. development assistance,” Menendez’s office noted about the bill.

“Despite our great strides in recent years, human trafficking remains a horrific reality for countless millions of people around the world. Today, as millions of Ukrainian women and children fleeing Putin’s brutal invasion are among those at the greatest risk of being trafficked, we are reminded that traffickers seize any opportunity to exploit people in desperate circumstances, particularly victims of war and conflict,” said Menendez when he introduced the proposal. “This legislation will strengthen the United States’ ability to prevent and fight human trafficking in all its forms including by expanding prevention efforts at the USAID and increasing the tools available to hold governments to account if they do not take steps to combat human trafficking. I welcome the support from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and look forward to working with them to secure swift passage of this legislation so we can ensure renewed U.S. leadership to combat the scourge of human trafficking in every corner of the world.”

See also  Sebring Woman Charged for Role in Fatal Human Smuggling Conspiracy

Last week, the Senate passed the bill without opposition and Rubio weighed in after the vote.

“The United States must continue to lead the fight against the horrors of human trafficking. This bill would provide the resources necessary to combat human trafficking and care for the victims of this evil. I urge my colleagues in the House to pass this bipartisan bill quickly,” Rubio said.

So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. House.

Author

  • Kevin Derby

    Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

    View all posts
Share Story Via Text or E-Mail
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow our Facebook Page

Follow us on X, Insta, Linkedin
<

Related Stories

Crime

The US Attorney’s Office for the South Florida District announced that Yaqulelin Dominguez-Nieves, 25, of Sebring, Fla., was detained on an indictment charging ten...

Florida Politics

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready... In response to former President Donald Trump being found guilty on all 34 counts during his hush money...

Immigration

With the 2024 Presidential Election less than six months away, a recent poll shows that most Americans (52%) prefer a candidate who supports mass...

Crime

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis approved $4.9 million in the 2024–2025 budget to expand access to emergency beds for victims of human trafficking and provide...