A Win for VAWA is a Win for Trafficking Victims
The Violence Against Women Act, otherwise known as VAWA, was passed by Congress this February. VAWA has been reauthorized ever since it was first introduced, however this year it faced partisan competition to exclude certain populations. Thankfully the version of the bill that was passed into law included new supports for the LGBTQ individuals, Native Americans, and immigrants.
VAWA includes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) which provides tools to address the prosecution of traffickers, protection for victims and generally for the prevention of human trafficking. This part of the bill was drafted by Ohio's very own Senator Rob Portman (R) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The reauthorization of TVAP will provide grant money to enhance the protections for youth and children who are vulnerable to or victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
For more information visit SharedHope's article:
SharedHope.org - Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and VAWA