04.22.15

Senators Isakson, Perdue Praise Passage Legislation to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., both members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today praised Senate passage of bipartisan legislation – S.178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, by a vote of 99-0.

“I am both pleased and relieved that the Senate has passed the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act,” said Isakson. “This critical human-rights bill will provide help for the oppressed victims of modern-day slavery, and I hope that it will proceed quickly into law without further delay.”

“Human trafficking is nothing short of modern-day slavery, and this bill is an important step in eliminating it,” said Senator Perdue. “It is my hope that the Senate can continue to come together to tackle our nation’s challenges.”

The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and establishes the “Domestic Victims Trafficking Fund”— a private, non-profit grant-making institution, which would fund programs outside the United States that will help victims recover, prevent trafficking, and enforce laws to punish individual and corporate offenders of modern slavery.?