Congress passes legislation to thwart human traffickers

Sep 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Leveraging Information on Foreign Traffickers (LIFT) Act. This bill was introduced by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Elliot Engel (NY-16) and Lead Republican Michael McCaul (TX-10). Congressman McCaul gave the following remarks after the bill’s passage:

“In a time when Washington seems so divided, I am thankful that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle were able to take a stand against human trafficking together,” said Congressman McCaul. “This legislation gives a voice to the survivors of human trafficking and better equips our law enforcement officers to combat this heinous crime. We must remain vigilant in our efforts to eradicate human trafficking in our communities and this bill is a step forward in accomplishing that mission.”

The LIFT Act:

  • Ensures that U.S. anti-trafficking and law enforcement officials receive timely information about foreigners denied entry into the United States for reasons related to human trafficking.
  • Standardizes the State Department’s deadline to submit the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
  • Extends the survivor-led Advisory Council on Human Trafficking through 2025, so that survivors remain central to the U.S. policy discussion.

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