POSTED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 4:13pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:14pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives today in introducing the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act would boost support for and protection of victims of human trafficking by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services and increasing penalties in an effort to combat child sex trafficking, child pornography, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
“Twenty-five percent of the victims of domestic human trafficking crimes are located in Texas. Everyone here today recognizes the atrocity of human trafficking, and we’ve united across party lines and in bicameral fashion, as you can tell, to take a firm stand against it.”
Click here to watch Sen. Cornyn’s remarks.
The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Rick Nolan (D-MN) Kay Granger (R-TX) and Candice Miller (R-MI).
Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance and Judiciary Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.