Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Monday, January 27

Subcommittee Hearing: Lessons Learned from Super Bowl Preparations: Preventing International Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events

2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Panel I

The Honorable Luis CdeBaca
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State

Ms. Maria M. Odom
Blue Campaign
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

Ms. Polly Hanson
Chief of Police
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK)

Ms. Nancy Rivard
President and Founder
Airline Ambassadors International

Ms. Carol Smolenski
Executive Director
End Child Prostitution and Trafficking-USA

Ms. Letty Ashworth
General Manager of Global Diversity
Delta Airlines

Ms. Holly Smith
Survivor of trafficking and anti-trafficking advocate

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “As sports fans prepare for February’s Super Bowl, the prospect of human trafficking threatens to darken the festivities. Fortunately, we have learned from past sporting events and have new best practices, such as training for the transportation and hospitality industries to help identify and rescue victims being trafficked in plain sight. This hearing will examine how we can transform this Super Bowl— and other major sporting event worldwide— from potential trafficking-fests to trafficking-free zones.”


Tuesday, January 28

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

The Honorable Mark D. Wallace
Chief Executive Officer
United Against Nuclear Iran
(Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Representative for U.N. Management and Reform)                           

Mr. Gregory S. Jones
Senior Researcher
Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

 Mr. Olli Heinonen
Senior Fellow
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard University

 (Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency)

 Mr. David Albright
Founder and President
Institute for Science and International Security

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “The Obama Administration made an overwhelming mistake when they signed the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) with Iran. Tehran has stated that the deal is a ‘surrender’ by the United States and that they ‘did not agree to dismantle anything’. All the while, the U.S. is allowing billions of dollars to flow back into Iran’s economy— money that will undoubtedly be used to further their nuclear program. This hearing will examine the flaws in the agreement and what Congress can do to stop the dangerous path we are now on.”

Wednesday, January 29

Markup: H.R. 938, To strengthen the strategic alliance between the United States and Israel, and for other purposes.

9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

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