ICYMI: Reichert Statement on Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

Jul 24, 2014 Issues: Safe Communities

Washington, D.C – Last night, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) urged support of H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.  The legislation is a bipartisan, bicameral agreement incorporating several pieces of adoption legislation as well as Congressman Reichert’s Preventing Sex Trafficking of Youth in Foster Care legislation.  It passed the House unanimously and is a critical step forward to helping America’s youth in foster care find permanent, loving homes; lead happy successful lives; and stay off the streets and escape the horrors of sex trafficking.

For Congressman Reichert, this is a deeply personal issue that he witnessed himself during his 33 years in law enforcement and particularly while working the Green River serial murder case in Washington State.  He said, “We have a responsibility to take care of these children.  For far too long we have not kept our promise to keep our foster kids safe.  Passing this legislation will do much to fix that failure and I look forward to seeing it on the president’s desk very soon.”

To see Congressman’s Reichert’s full floor statement click here and for more information on H.R. 4980 click here.