As CAST’s is launching its new legal services program assisting domestic minor sex trafficking victims, CAST is finding that instead of receiving support and services as crime victims, children are being arrested and treated as criminals rather than being referred to services for abused or neglected children.

We can change this by enacting H.R. 2730 which asks State Welfare Agencies to better protect and identify children at risk of human trafficking.

The Act
The Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R. 2730) will a help prevent child trafficking by Amending the Social Security Act to require state foster care programs, which receive federal funds under the Social Security Act, to report in their annual plan on current efforts to address all forms of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in their care; or report on their future plans to address the issue.

Additionally, the bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and publish best practices for: (1) training of child welfare employees and court employees on identifying all forms of child trafficking; (2) recommendations for how state welfare agencies can prevent human trafficking and; (3) licensing guidelines for residential facilities with regard to child trafficking victims.  The bill was introduced with bi-partisan support in August of 2011 and currently has 21 co-sponsors, with 5 Republicans. More Republican support is needed to make sure the bill moves in the Republican controlled house!

Action Steps You Can Take Today!

There are 19 California House Representatives we are targeting to co-sponsor H.R. 2730, you can help by mailing and/or calling your representatives and letting them know why it is important to you to that they co-sponsor this Act. It’s easy to find your Representative at the top right corner of the House's website: http://www.house.gov/representatives/  Please make calls and send emails by October 15, 2012!

Target Representatives
Rep. Wally Herger (202) 225-3076
Rep. Dan Lungren (202) 225-5716
Rep. Tom McClintock (202) 225-2511
Rep. Jeff Dunham (202) 225-4540
Rep. Devin Nunes (202) 225-2523
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Maj. Whip) (202) 225-2915
Rep. Elton Gallegly (202) 225-5811
Rep. Buck McKeon (202) 225-1956
Rep. David Dreier (202) 225-2305
Rep. Ed Royce (202) 225-4111
Rep. Jerry Lewis (202) 225-5861
Rep. Gary Miller (202) 225-3201
Rep. Kevin Calvert (202) 225-1986
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (202) 225-5330
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (202) 225-2415
Rep. John Campbell (202) 225-5611
Rep. Darrell Issa (202) 225-3906
Rep. Brian Bilbray (202) 225-0508
Rep. Duncan Hunter (202) 225-5672

1) Either leave a voice message or simply talk to the receptionist:

"Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [CITY/STATE]. I am calling to urge that Congressman/woman _______________ co-sponsor the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R. 2730). This Act will prevent at risk youth from becoming victims of human trafficking and helping state child welfare agencies better respond to child trafficking victims needs.  Thank you."

2) Send an email to your Representative:

SUBJECT: Please Co-Sponsor H.R. 2730: Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act

[DATE]

Dear Congressman/woman_____________,

My name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [CITY/STATE]. I am writing to urge you to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2730, the Strengthening the Child Welfare Reponses to Trafficking Act. The Act is an important step in preventing at risk youth from becoming victims of human trafficking.

The Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R. 2730) will a help prevent child trafficking by Amending the Social Security Act to require state foster care programs, which receive federal funds under the Social Security Act, to report in their annual plan on current efforts to address all forms of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in their care; or report on their future plans to address the issue.

Additionally, the bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and publish best practices for: (1) training of child welfare employees and court employees on identifying all forms of child trafficking; (2) recommendations for how state welfare agencies can prevent human trafficking and; (3) licensing guidelines for residential facilities with regard to child trafficking victims.

I support H.R. 2730 and for the reasons mentioned above I urge you to co-sponsor the Strengthening the Child Welfare Reponses to Trafficking Act to help end child human trafficking.

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME]

 

CAST thanks you for taking action today!