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What is the federal government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary servitude and slavery, the enactment of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (Pub. L. 106-386) was a turning point.
The TVPA enhanced the federal government’s response to trafficking in the U.S. by—
In committing the United States to being a leader in the global movement against human trafficking, federal agencies developed a plan to strengthen services for victims of human trafficking. Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity: Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking, 2013-2017 builds on the progress that our nation has made in combating human trafficking through government action and partnerships with allied professionals, survivors, and concerned citizens.
- Affording increased protections and resources for victims.
- Creating new crime types and enhancing penalties when prosecuting human trafficking offenders.
- Expanding the U.S. Government's international activities to prevent vulnerable populations from being trafficked.
The purpose of the Plan is to describe the steps that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the United States are identified and have access to the services they need to recover and rebuild their lives. The Plan focuses on providing and coordinating support for victims, and it aligns with all other federal efforts to eliminate human trafficking and prevent further victimization.
Learn more about federal anti-human trafficking initiatives.
Last Updated: 8/27/2015
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