The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, originally passed in the year 2000, is the United States' groundbreaking legislation to end human trafficking and provides much-needed assistance to human trafficking victims.
The proposed reauthorization, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, and complimentary Senate bills, emphasize a victim-focused approach to combating human trafficking, while also strengthening restitution to survivors. Critically, a number of new provisions concerning endangered children were also added to the legislation.
Virtually every law enforcement initiative, effort to assist victims or policy to combat child trafficking around the globe stems from this lynchpin of federal policy.
“The reauthorization of this law is vital for our national effort to end human trafficking at home and around the world. We are very proud of the partnerships we’ve built with the business community, and are very grateful to them for lending their voices in support of this bipartisan legislative initiative,” said Jason Matthews, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, ECPAT-USA.
American industries continue to make notable progress in the fight against human trafficking by adopting corporate policies, instituting training, and providing own insights into the best practices to exploitation. Many companies have partnered with ECPAT-USA to develop policies and programs designed to prevent the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.
“No single group can combat human trafficking on its own, which is why ECPAT-USA partners with both the private sector and governments to comprehensively address the issue,” said Michelle Guelbart, ECPAT-USA’s Director of Private Sector Engagement. “We proudly stand together with our corporate partners and urge Speaker Ryan to pass this bill.”
The 22 companies and associations that signed on to the letter are as follows:
Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)
Association of Corporate Travel Executive (ACTE)
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
CorpTrav Management Group
EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)
HRS Global Hotel Solutions
International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA)
International Tour Management Institute (ITMI)
Lannan Legal PLLC
Maritz Travel Company
Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Real Hospitality Group
Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE)
Uber Technologies Inc.
Vision Hospitality Group
For a copy of the letter, which was sent to Speaker Paul Ryan click here.