Texas is a hub for international human trafficking because of its many busy interstate highways, international airports, countless bus stations, the shipping commerce through the Gulf of Mexico, and its shared border with Mexico.
February 12th, 2018
A disgraced former judge in Kentucky received a sentence of 20 years in prison for his role in a long-running human trafficking operation. The judge pleaded guilty to 21 counts of trafficking women and young girls in the sex...
January 23rd, 2018
Rebecca grew up in a small town in southern Oregon. She was on the honor roll, and she played varsity sports.She graduated high school early and immediately enrolled in Oregon State University. However, when her daughter was...
January 1st, 2018
President Donald Trump issued a proclamation designating January 2018 and National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
July 21st, 2017
Former Congresswoman Linda Smith (R-WA-03), President of Shared Hope International, and I authored the following Op-Ed in the The Hill on the fight against human trafficking, highlighting my bill to end this heinous crime,...
July 17th, 2017
Congress took a big step late last week in fulfilling its most important Constitutional duty: to provide for the common defense. I joined my colleagues in the House to pass this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (...
June 9th, 2017
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and I today introduced the Abolish Human Trafficking Act which strengthens and reauthorizes key programs that support survivors of human...
May 24th, 2017
I'm happy to announce that soon I'll be introducing legislation that reauthorizes several critical provisions to help fight human trafficking and bring us one step closer to ridding our country of this heinous crime.
March 30th, 2017
Today, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and I, along with Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), introduced the PROTECT Our Children Act to reauthorize the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force...
March 2nd, 2017
In her formative years, Lena wore turtlenecks and baggy clothes to school every day. Why did she do so? To hide the bruises that covered her entire body. Soon, Lena’s abusive foster mother lost custody of her. And when her...
February 16th, 2017
Houston recently hosted the exciting Super Bowl LI. As Texas welcomed people from across the United States, the message was clear: no trafficking, not in our city, not in our State, not in our country.
February 7th, 2018
Those who meet Asia Graves today are typically struck by her self-assuredness and strength. Nothing in her demeanor or speech hints at the darkness and trauma of her past. The only noticeable clue is the deep scar on her...
January 16th, 2018
The deviants of the slave trade operate all around us. Human trafficking occurs in our country, our States, and in our cities.
September 12th, 2017
The Abolish Human Trafficking Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S.
July 19th, 2017
A new soccer stadium in St. Petersburg, a luxury apartment complex in Moscow, all brought to Russia by North Korean slaves. That is right.These slaves get almost no wages, no holidays, with little food or sleep. Little Kim...
June 9th, 2017
Americans once thought that the horrors of human trafficking were a foreign problem. However, traffickers lurk all around us right here in America.
May 31st, 2017
Monday, May 29, marked the 2- year anniversary of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, called the JVTA. Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate worked together in a bipartisan manner...
May 8th, 2017
I supported the passage of the Omnibus Appropriations bill, which funds the federal government through the end of the 2017 fiscal year, and includes funding for several Department of Justice programs and priorities important...
March 28th, 2017
A 14- year-old girl last week was kidnapped off the streets of Houston, Texas. After being held against her will for 5 days, she was taken to a motel, where she met a person named Denise Coronado.
February 21st, 2017
On a recent flight, flight attendant Shelia Fredrick of Alaska Airlines noticed a young girl, 14 or 15 years old, with blonde hair. Shelia approached two individuals, but the young girl refused to speak or make contact with...