Pathway to Freedom: Rescue and Refuge for Sex Trafficking Victims, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 14, 2015 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the May 14, 2015 hearing on "Pathway to Freedom: Rescue and Refuge for Sex Trafficking Victims," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. From the opening statement of Christopher Smith: "It is an honor to be here with you today focusing on the fight against human trafficking, an insidious human rights abuse that thrives in an environment of secrecy, of silence, of acquiescence, complacency, and of a mindset that says that it is somehow somebody else's business. The truth of the matter is that combating modern day slavery is everybody's business. We are all in this together. Cooperation and coordination are key to mitigating and someday ending this pervasive cruelty. Significant progress has been made since I authored landmark legislation known as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to combat sex and labor trafficking in the United States and globally. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its 2003 and 2005 reauthorizations, which I also sponsored, launched a bold new strategy that included sheltering, political asylum, and other protections for the victims, long jail sentences and asset confiscation for the traffickers, and tough sanctions for governments that failed to meet minimum standards prescribed in the legislation. And for the first time ever, the law recognized, and this was a sea change effort, the exploited women, children, and men, as victims, not as perpetrators of the crime. " Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sean Reyes, Tim Ballard, Karla Jacinto Romero, and Rosi Orozco.
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