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English/Español: Rubio, Colleagues Applaud Committee Passage of Bill to Combat Human Trafficking

Jun 9, 2022 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and colleagues applauded the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ unanimous passage of their bipartisan International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (ITVPRA) of 2022. The bill would reauthorize and enhance critical programming, policy, and funding essential to the United States’ efforts to combat human trafficking. The legislation can now be considered by the full Senate. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) are original cosponsors.
“Far too many individuals around the world have suffered unimaginably due to human trafficking,” Rubio said. “This global human rights crisis must come to an end. I am encouraged to see my colleagues support this bipartisan bill to ensure that the United States can continue its important work to end human trafficking.” 
“I am very proud to see our Committee take action to bolster our nation’s ability to fight the scourge of human trafficking, which continues to threaten the lives of millions of children and women every day,” Menendez said. “This commonsense legislation makes necessary reforms to bolster accountability measures and expand prevention efforts so that the United States can avail itself of every tool necessary to combat modern day slavery. I look forward to building off of this momentum to secure final passage by the full Senate so that it can be sent to President Biden for his signature into law.”
“We must do more to effectively combat and eliminate the horrific crime of human trafficking globally, and ensure the State Department has the tools necessary to assist other countries’ ability to properly investigate and prosecute traffickers,” Risch said. “Today’s committee passage of legislation to reauthorize the TVPRA will make critical reforms to increase oversight over U.S. anti-trafficking programs and help prevent the further trafficking of the most vulnerable. I thank my colleagues for their bipartisan support of this important issue, and hope the full Senate will vote on it soon.”
Building off of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, the legislation would: 

  • Propose reforms to expand U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking, including forced labor;
  • Propose new requirements for the United States Agency for International Development to integrate prevention efforts into the agency’s global programming; and
  • Amend the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act to ensure that a country’s commitment and progress toward implementing effective counter-trafficking measures is a factor when determining recipients of U.S. development assistance.




Washington, D.C. — El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) y sus colegas aplaudieron la aprobación en el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el senado de EE.UU. de su International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2022. El proyecto de ley bipartidista reautorizaría y mejoraría la programación crítica, la política y la financiación esencial para los esfuerzos de EE.UU. en la lucha contra la trata de personas en el mundo. La legislación ahora pasa a consideración en la plenaria del senado de EE.UU. Los senadores Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jim Risch (R-ID) y Tim Kaine (D-VA) son co-patrocinadores originales de la legislación.
“Demasiadas personas en todo el mundo han sufrido de manera inimaginable a causa de la trata de personas”, Rubio dijo. “Esta crisis global de DD.HH. debe llegar a su fin. Me motiva ver a mis colegas apoyar esta legislación bipartidista para garantizar que EE.UU. pueda continuar con su importante trabajo en acabar con la trata de personas”.