Target: United States Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell
Goal: Pass a new bill that would ensure child protection plans that fight human trafficking of foster children.
The United States has a documented connection between child sex trafficking and the American foster care system, and a bill has been proposed to the U.S. Senate to fight this. The Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act will require child welfare agencies to provide updated training and guidelines for working with youth who are or were victims of trafficking. This would give sanctuary to the 100,000 to 300,000 underage children that are indoctrinated into human trafficking every year, most between the ages of 12 and 14.
The U.S. Department of Justice found that 85 percent of identified sex trafficking victims in the state of New York were in contact with the child welfare system, while the FBI found 70 percent in Florida. One victim within the foster care system was only 11 years old when she was lured into a car by her trafficker.
The bill entails the development of a child protection plan within each state with procedures to assess all reports involving children connected to trafficking, training plans for child protective service officers, and policies and procedures for victims to receive private or public services. Not only will this act provide a new means of support for these victims, it will also strengthen the pre-existing programs within the government to ensure those within the system are rescued and provided adequate trauma care.
Tell Congress that this bill needs to be passed into law for the sake of thousands of children continuing to be raped, prostituted, and abused under the government’s care at this moment.
Dear Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,
An epidemic of child sex trafficking has flourished within the United States foster care system due to the inadequate means of education and training for those charged with protecting these vulnerable children. As of now there are up to 300,000 girls being sexually abused and trafficked across the country, and state studies have estimated that 70-80 percent of those girls are in contact with the child welfare system. These children are often abnormally vulnerable without the presence of solid guardian figures in their lives, and it is very easy for predators to lure them into dangerous situations and eventually servitude.
Right now, the American foster care system does not have the proper training and means to protect these children from countless child traffickers. The Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015 will provide new locations for victims to report to as well as give better means of support and training for already available support departments. Please urge the United States Congress to pass this bill so that it can be placed into law and save thousands of American trafficking victims.
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