Current trafficking legislation

Bill name, bill #, lead sponsor Summary, resources, status
 Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (in 2017) 

H.R. 898 [Rep Smith (R-NJ-4)]

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) is set for reauthorization in FY 2017.

Fact Sheet:

Related Legislation: The language of the previous reauthorization, H.R. 898, can be found here:

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015
Sen. Cornyn (R-TX)
Increases criminal fines on human traffickers, child predators and human smugglers—and directs this money to services for the victims of these crimes and enhanced law enforcement efforts. Includes other penalties for perpetrators and protections for victims and witness.

Fact Sheet (Sen. Cornyn) | ATEST Statement |

Concerns: Mandatory minimum sentences – Politico article

Related legislation: A similar bill, H.R. 181, was passed in the House earlier in 2015.

Status: On 05/29/2015, became law (


Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act
Rep. Honda (D-CA-17)
Establishes the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking to provide recommendations to a Senior Policy Operating Group and the President’s Task Force. Other provisions improve access to restitution and require rigorous reporting and data collection.

ATEST Statement |

Status: On 05/29/2015, became law (passed as an amendment to S.178)

Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act
Sen. Leahy (D-VT)
Would modify the Basic Center Grant Program (for short-term emergency shelter and family reunification services to runaway and homeless youth to require local centers to provide safe shelter and services, including trauma-informed services, for runaway and homeless youth, and services for their families, including individuals they identify as family.

Related legislation: A similar bill, H.R. 1779, was introduced in the House in April 2015. First Force Campaign for Children Statement

Status: On 01/27/2015,  referred to Senate Judiciary Committee

Status Update: Has not passed committee, unlikely to receive further attention

Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2015
Rep. Heck (R-NV-3)
Would extend the Secretary of State’s authority to make grants to nonprofit private agencies for the purpose of providing street-based services to runaway and homeless, and street youth, who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, or sexual exploitation.

Fact Sheet (Sen. Leahy and Collins) |

Status: On 01/26/2015, passed in the House and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee

End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015
Sen. Corker (R-TN)
Would establish The End Modern Slavery Initiative Foundation to work with government, civil society, and private institutions in partner countries to identify and fund successful strategies to combat modern slavery.

Action Alert & Summary Information  (Freedom Commons, IJM) |

Status: On 1/24/2015, passed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015
Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT)
Would require companies with $100 million or more in revenues to report their efforts to address slavery within their business operations, including supply chains and labor management.

Fact Sheet (ATEST) |

Related legislation: A similar bill, H.R.3226, was introduced in the House on August 27, 2015.

Status: On 08/05/2015, referred to Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee

Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015
Rep. Bass (D-CA-37)
Would amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to condition eligibility for federal grants to states for child abuse or neglect prevention and treatment programs on certification by the governor that the state has in effect and is enforcing a state law, or is operating a statewide program that identify and assess reports involving children who are sex trafficking victims

Fact Sheet (ATEST) |

Status: On 01/27/2015, passed in the House; referred to Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Human Trafficking Survivors Relief and Empowerment Act of 2015
Sen. Shaheen (D-NH)
Would provide a process by which an individual who is a human trafficking survivor can move to vacate any arrest or conviction records for prostitution or any other non-violent offense committed as a direct result of human trafficking.

Status: On 03/03/2015, referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Human Trafficking Prioritization Act of 2015
Rep. Smith (R-NJ-4)
Would amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to prohibit subsequent inclusion for more than one consecutive year on the special watch list of countries whose compliance with minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking is full, partial, or insignificant.

Status: On 01/26/2015, passed in the House.

Status Update:  Read twice in the Senate, referred to Committee.

Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act of 2015
Rep. Maloney (D-NY-12)
Would amend the Internal Revenue Code to increase civil and criminal penalties for tax evasion attributable to income derived from human trafficking and commercial sex acts. It would make it a felony to fail to file a tax return including income derived from human trafficking or commercial sex acts.

Status: On 03/04/2015, referred to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigation

Status Update: Still has not passed Committee, unlikely to receive further consideration

CATCH Traffickers Act of 2015
Rep. Jackson (D-TX-18)
Would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish and maintain a database to serve as a central location for information from law enforcement agency investigations relating to human trafficking

Status: On 01/12/2015, referred to the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015
Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN)
Would treat a minor who has engaged in, or has attempted to engage in, a commercial sex act as a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons; discourages or prohibits the charging or prosecution of such individual for a prostitution or sex trafficking offense based on such conduct

Related legislation: A similar bill, H.R. 159, passed in the House on January 27, 2015

Status: On 03/02/2015, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee

Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act of 2015
Rep. Hultgren (R-IL-14)
Would determine whether a government has made serious and sustained efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex acts and participation in international sex tourism by its nationals, pursuant to the minimum standards for the elimination of sex trafficking, if such government has the authority to prohibit the purchase of commercial sex act but if it fails, it will be deemed a failure to make serious effect to reduce the demands for commercial sex acts.

Status: On 02/11/2015, referred to House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization

Status Update: Still has not passed Committee, unlikely to receive further consideration