McCaul Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Anti-Human Trafficking Program

Apr 30, 2019
Press Release
Highlights Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Make Program National

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), the Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Chairman Emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee, today celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Interdiction for the Protection of Children Program (IPC) and highlighted his bill H.R. 836; a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation to expand the program nationally.

Congressman McCaul: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been on the forefront of lifesaving solutions for victims of human trafficking through their Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program. For the last decade, this program has provided training to help law enforcement officials better recognize the signs of human trafficking, especially as traffickers continue to advance their recruitment tactics online.

“Since its enactment, this remarkable program has expanded to 15 states and has reached more than 9,000 patrol officers and child service professionals. In the past ten years, the IPC program has been credited with the rescue of hundreds of child victims, including over 400 children who were directly rescued by DPS Troopers. This is exactly why I worked in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion to introduce legislation earlier this year that will increase the availability of the IPC training pioneered by Texas DPS. My bill will help ensure that every child in the United States has better safeguards from human trafficking.

Director Steven McCraw, Texas Department of Public Safety: I'm proud of the dedication and initiative taken by DPS Capt. Derek Prestridge more than 10 years ago to develop this critical program. Since then, DPS has proactively worked to prevent and detect crimes against children by providing this essential training to our Troopers and fellow officers. Human trafficking and other crimes that target innocent children are reprehensible, and through the IPC program, we will continue to aggressively target these vile and cowardly criminals.

Background on H.R. 836: Interdiction for the Protection of Child Victims of Exploitation and Human Trafficking Act:

  • Increase the availability of training around the country to Federal, State, Tribal, territorial, and local law enforcement officers and other relevant professionals on child exploitation and human trafficking;
  • Implement proper protocols and procedures for referring victims to appropriate social or victims service agencies or organizations;
  • Establish a train-the-trainer program to increase the availability of the training program