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  • Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015

    by Representative James R. Langevin

    Posted on 2015-01-26

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    LANGEVIN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015. I would like to thank my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Karen Bass, for introducing this bill and for all she does on behalf of foster youth.

    As an original cosponsor of this bill and a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, I encourage all my colleagues to support this important legislation. In the previous Congress, similar legislation passed the [[Page H553]] House by a vote of 399-0--a strong show of support for foster youth.

    Foster youth are some of the most at-risk children in our society. They are often the victims of abuse or neglect; and too many face trials and tribulations beyond their years. So much that we take for granted--a stable home, living with our siblings, or returning to the same school year after year--are constant obstacles for these children.

    This legislation will specifically address the link between girls in foster care and sex trafficking, and will require states to develop a child protection plan to identify and assess all reports involving children known or suspected to be victims of trafficking. Additionally, states must provide training plans for child protective services workers to appropriately respond to reports of child trafficking and have procedures in place that will connect child victims to public or private specialized services.

    I am proud to support this bipartisan legislation, and again I urge all my colleagues to support this bill.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Walberg) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 469.

    The question was taken.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. In the opinion of the Chair, two-thirds being in the affirmative, the ayes have it.

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