McCaul participates on panel at White House Human Trafficking Summit
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), the Lead Republican of the Foreign Affairs Committee and former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, participated on a panel along with Representatives Ann Wagner (MO-02) and Chis Smith (NJ-04) at the White House Human Trafficking Summit on Friday, January 31. Together, they discussed what federal and state officials have accomplished in the fight against human trafficking, while looking forward to what more can be done to combat this crime.
In the latest study conducted by the University of Texas, nearly three-hundred-thousand people, including 80 thousand children, have directly suffered from human trafficking in the state of Texas.
“People need to understand that human trafficking is not just occurring overseas in a third world country, it is happening right in our backyards, in our suburban communities,” said Congressman Michael McCaul. “Over the past few years, I have brought together local advocates, law enforcement and health professionals to find ways we can work together to combat this crime head on.”
At the summit, Congressman McCaul was joined by a human trafficking survivor from Katy, TX, Courtney Litvak. Along with other survivors, Litvak was recognized by President Trump when he signed the Executive Order on Combating Human Trafficking and Online Child Exploitation in the United States, which will make it easier for people throughout the U.S. to report evidence of human trafficking and provide assistance for those who were entrapped.
“It has only been a year and half since Courtney returned home. She has come so far since going through recovery and to standing by the President of the United States. She is truly inspiring.
“When we come to the table to have these conversations on what we can do to combat human trafficking, we must remember to keep survivors at the center of the conversation,” said Congressman McCaul. “I am encouraged that the Administration is investing in the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. It is also something I keep in mind when crafting legislation aimed to combat human trafficking.”
Most recently, Congressman McCaul introduced the Leveraging Information in Foreign Traffickers (LIFT) Act. One of the key components of the bill would extend the authorization of the Advisory Council until 2025.
The Advisory Council was established by the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act and enacted in 2015. This council provides a formal platform for trafficking survivors to advise and make recommendations on federal anti-trafficking policies to the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF).