Titus, Joyce Introduce Bipartisan IMPACTT Human Trafficking Act
Increases Support for Victims of Human Trafficking
Washington, DC, November 29, 2022 | Sara Severens (202-924-1719)
This legislation enhances the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to combat human trafficking by permanently establishing the Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) Victim Assistance Program to train investigators and specialists. It will also provide support to employees exposed to trauma while working on human trafficking cases.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01) and Congressman David P. Joyce (R-OH) introduced the IMPACTT Human Trafficking Act. This legislation enhances the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to combat human trafficking by permanently establishing the Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) Victim Assistance Program to train investigators and specialists. It will also provide support to employees exposed to trauma while working on human trafficking cases. The bill provides increased resources to assist human trafficking victims and bolsters DHS’s ability to safeguard the welfare of HSI employees and partners who support individuals subjected to human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is an insidious crime that must be attacked from all sides,” said Rep. Titus. “I have spent years in Congress fighting these heinous acts by securing provisions to require that airline employees are trained to spot trafficking, advocating for measures to block convicted human traffickers from working in commercial transportation, and championing local efforts to provide more resources for victims. This bipartisan bill will ensure human trafficking victims and the professionals that investigate these crimes receive the resources and support they need.”
Nevada is among the leading states for cases of reported human trafficking. According to DHS, traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. The Polaris Project reported that in 2019 there were at least 14,597 sex trafficking victims and survivors in the United States as evidenced by calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The true number of these crimes may be greater, however, because they are often unreported. The IMPACTT Human Trafficking Act will give more resources and support to these victims, as well as HSI employees and partners.
“The horrible truth is that human trafficking is one of the fastest growing forms of transnational crime,” said Rep. Joyce. “These crimes pose a threat to communities nationwide, with traffickers using violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people into modern day slavery where they often become victims of sexual violence as well. I’m proud to introduce this bill so that we can provide survivors and law enforcement officers who investigate these terrible crimes with the resources and support they need. With Ohio ranking among the worst states in the nation for human trafficking, I am committed to doing everything in my power to prevent these crimes from happening, support survivors, and bring traffickers to justice.”
The IMPACTT Human Trafficking Act would:
Congresswoman Titus led the effort to require all airlines to have staff training on human trafficking. In July 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) short-term extension bill included language from her Secure Our Skies Act. This provision requires airlines and contractors to develop training materials for their employees to spot common indicators of human trafficking and offer best practices for reporting suspected cases to law enforcement.
Full text of the IMPACTT Human Trafficking Act can be found here.