House Passes Walberg’s Bipartisan Bill to Fight Human Trafficking
Washington, D.C.—Today, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Tim Walberg’s bipartisan bill, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, by a unanimous vote. Introduced along with Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, H.R. 2664 ensures the Department of Labor effectively trains its employees to recognize and respond to the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. Click here to watch Congressman Walberg’s remarks at a press event with Speaker Ryan and House leaders following the bill's passage.
“The growing number of human trafficking cases is alarming and more needs to be done to end this form of modern-day slavery,” said Congressman Walberg. “One important part of fighting this unthinkable crime is strengthening our ability to detect and respond to patterns of labor exploitation. This bipartisan bill will help ensure those Department of Labor employees who are in the field have the tools they need to identify the signs of human trafficking, assist victims, and properly refer cases to law enforcement so perpetrators can be brought to justice.”
“Having Representative Walberg as an ally in fighting for the rights of human trafficking victims is an invaluable resource to our work at SIREN/Eaton Shelter. Knowing that he is making this issue a priority in his work continues to validate the efforts of organizations everywhere who are advocating for this growing and vulnerable population of victims,” said Tracy Mulvany, Program Director at SIREN/Eaton Shelter.
“I would like to praise the efforts of Congressman Walberg in working to put an end to those who may take advantage of some of our most vulnerable members of society. This is the type of issues based legislation that demonstrates Congressman Walberg’s ability to work across the aisle and pass common sense legislation for the greater good of our nation,” said Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand.
“First let me thank Congressman Walberg for working toward the eradication of human trafficking. His work will ensure a future free of slavery. As we continue working to end trafficking we learn that we need everyone involved. All people must be educated on how to recognize this atrocity. Only through cooperation can we be truly effective. Training the Department of Labor to recognize trafficking will open doors for law enforcement to bring justice for victims. Collaboration is key to eradicating modern day slavery,” said Kelly Castleberry, a Lenawee County resident who serves on the Southern Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg's work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.