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Washington, D.C. — House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, a long-time advocate of combating domestic and international human trafficking, issued the following statement in honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The chairman is the co-leader of H.R. 30, the bipartisan Stop Human Trafficking in School Zones Act, which imposes tougher penalties for human traffickers who target children in the U.S. by operating near schools and youth centers. The chairman is also an original leading cosponsor to H.R. 5856, the bipartisan Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act, and hopes to see it move toward final passage this year. 

“As we observe National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, I want to recognize the contribution of the survivors who often serve as subject matter experts and voices for so many of the voiceless in the fight to end human trafficking. The leadership and enduring courage of survivors like my fellow Texan Courtney Litvak is inspiring. I also want to thank the current and former survivor leaders on the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking for their steadfast dedication to a whole-of-government approach in combating this crime. I am proud of the progress we have made, but with more than 27 million people still being trafficked around the world, there is much more work to be done.”