Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (HR2283). If signed into law, this legislation would elevate the U.S. government’s Trafficking in Persons Office to a State Department Bureau, a change that would help ensure that human trafficking is upheld as a foreign policy priority for the United States. The bill doesn’t add cost or bureaucracy and would be a critical step forward in the fight against human trafficking, a crime which enslaves nearly 30 million people worldwide.
Now that the House of Representatives has acted, it is time for the Senate to follow suit. I hope our Arizona senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, will lend their support to this bill by co-sponsoring and pushing for its passage.
During the congressional recess this month, our policy makers will be listening to the concerns of the constituents in their states; I hope they hear loud and clear that we in Arizona care about ending slavery once and for all.