Pledging
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • CRIME VICTIMS ASSISTANCE
  • MISSING CHILDREN
  • CHILD TRAFFICKING
Winning Issue » CHILD TRAFFICKING


About 2 million American children run away from home each year and within 48 hours, one-third of them are recruited into the world of prostitution and pornography. Some of these children come from foster homes. Human trafficking has become the second fastest growing American crime, trailing only the sale of illicit drugs. About half of these trafficking victims are children. Recent cases include children being sold for sex at truck stops, and servants held in captivity to work without wages. At times, perpetrators are gang members or co-students of victims who manipulate their weaknesses and ply them with drugs to force them into sex schemes. The average age for children victimized by the sex trade industry is 12. In particular, child pornography is one of the fastest growing U.S. crimes, with arrests increasing 2,500% in the last 11 years.

The recent passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act awards grants for specialized training programs for law enforcement officers, first responders, health care officials, child welfare officials, juvenile justice personnel, prosecutors, and judicial personnel to investigate and reduce child human trafficking offenses and to rescue victims.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1779 - Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current child trafficking policy and wish to defeat H.R.1779 - Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to reauthorize it through 2020, generally at FY2009 levels; modifying the Basic Center Grant (BCG) Program (for short-term emergency shelter and family reunification services to runaway and homeless youth) to require local centers to provide safe shelter and services, including trauma-informed services, for runaway and homeless youth, and (if appropriate) services for their families, including individuals they identify as family; extending the maximum stay in a BCG shelter from 21 to 30 days: requiring a shelter to provide suicide prevention services; allowing shelter services to include: (1) trauma-informed and gender-responsive services for runaway or homeless youth, including victims of trafficking in persons or sexual exploitation; and (2) an assessment of family engagement in support and reunification (if appropriate), interventions, and services for parents or legal guardians of such youth, or individuals they identify as family, and wish to pass H.R.1779 - Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. John Yarmuth (KY), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support amending the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to reauthorize it through 2020, generally at FY2009 levels; modifying the Basic Center Grant (BCG) Program (for short-term emergency shelter and family reunification services to runaway and homeless youth) to require local centers to provide safe shelter and services, including trauma-informed services, for runaway and homeless youth, and (if appropriate) services for their families, including individuals they identify as family; extending the maximum stay in a BCG shelter from 21 to 30 days: requiring a shelter to provide suicide prevention services; allowing shelter services to include: (1) trauma-informed and gender-responsive services for runaway or homeless youth, including victims of trafficking in persons or sexual exploitation; and (2) an assessment of family engagement in support and reunification (if appropriate), interventions, and services for parents or legal guardians of such youth, or individuals they identify as family, and wish to pass H.R.1779 - Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. John Yarmuth (KY), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
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April 9, 2020


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