Rep. John Curtis introduced the Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking Act, the companion bill to Sen. Orrin Hatch’s legislation, on Wednesday.
The bill, H.R. 7271, creates a Public-Private Advisory Council to provide a direct line to federal government agencies to streamline unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles while empowering nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations in the fight against human trafficking.
Tim Ballard, founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, said:
Human trafficking is a critical issue, and to more efficiently eradicate the problem, nonprofit groups need increased coordination with the Federal Government. This bill establishes a way to share successful anti-human trafficking strategies between federal agencies and organizations like Operation Underground Railroad.
A media advisory stated that the newly formed advisory council would help fight human trafficking by:
Serving as a point of contact for federal agencies in coordination with nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) fighting human trafficking for input on programming and policies related to their efforts.
Consisting of eight to fourteen representatives from NGOs and nonprofit groups that have significant knowledge and experience in fighting human trafficking, or the rehabilitation and aftercare of human trafficking victims and survivors.
Formulating assessments and recommendations to ensure that the policy and programming efforts of the Federal government conform to the best practices in the field of combating human trafficking, and the rehabilitation and aftercare of victims.
Submitting a report to Congressional Committees with recommendations for continued improvement.
“Organizations like Utah’s Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) have made a tremendous impact in fighting human trafficking across the world. We can help them do more," stated Curtis in a prepared statement. He added:
With better coordination and partnership with federal government agencies, imagine what they can accomplish. This legislation is a historic step in our journey to end human trafficking and I thank Senator Hatch for leading the charge.
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