Campaign Update:

December 13, 2018: Today Congress authorized the spending of $152 million for programs under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. However, this only equals short-term support. In 2019 we seek a commitment to five years of funding and, importantly, changes to the Act that will ensure vulnerable runaway and homeless children are protected from trafficking.

Protect runaway and homeless youth

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An estimated 700,00 children experienced homelessness over a single year in the U.S. 1 Survivor-advocate Marnie Grundman explains in her video that these vulnerable children can be trafficked into forced labor or the commercial sex industry in exchange for basic necessities, like food and shelter.

Nearly one in five homeless youth have been a victim of human trafficking, according to a report from an international network of homeless youth service providers.2 As Marnie says, these children are in hiding and “invisible,” so this exploitation goes unnoticed.

Traffickers target homeless youth, because they are low risk and easy to control. But we can help end this by improving prevention efforts, raising visibility, and ensuring life-saving services for some of the most vulnerable, at-risk children in America.

But you can help protect them. Congress has the power to help prevent child labor and sex trafficking by passing a law like the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act to provide services and support at that crucial moment to intervene before a child is trafficked and to help them escape exploitative situations.

We need your help. Call on Congress to protect children from human trafficking.

“We ended up working seven days a week, twelve to fourteen hours a day. And we never got paid. As a result, we had no money, no place to go, and we were completely dependent on the people that hired us,” Marnie Grundman.

Join us in asking Congress to pass a law to guarantee anti-trafficking services.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Trafficking Prevention Act RHYTPA) would update and reauthorize current programs, guaranteeing funding. RHYTPA was introduced in the 114th Congress and the Senate in 2015 but the session concluded before it was considered despite our campaigning efforts. That year it was also proposed as an amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act but failed to secure enough votes to proceed.

In March 2018, RHYTPA was introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy, Susan Collins and Heidi Heitkamp followed by Representatives John Yarmouth, Dave Reichert and Jeff Denham. It has once again expired.

We won’t give up. We must raise our voice together for vulnerable youth.

Introducing such a critical piece of legislation is the first step as it would mean service providers focus on human trafficking and exploitation more broadly across programs, ensuring that less children in the United States fall prey to traffickers.

We need your help to call for these essential services for America’s most vulnerable children and youth.

Will you join us calling on Congress to help prevent child trafficking?

Sign the petition and call your Representative and Senators through the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Notes:

  1. http://voicesofyouthcount.org/brief/national-estimates-of-youth-homelessness/
  2. https://www.covenanthouse.org/charity-blog/blog-news/largest-ever-research-studies-find-one-fifth-surveyed-homeless-youth-united
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Paulette Harvey
Paulette Harvey

700,000 Children and young teens per year sleep rough in the USA the supposedly richest Country in the world, even if 10 % fall into slavery that makes horrible reading but in truth it’s more than likely 80% , and remember most of these are “off the grid” without the family structures in place to keep them safe

I am APPALLED at this statistic in a supposedly modern country.

Gitte Nielsen
Gitte Nielsen

It is important to tell children that there are help if they can’t live at home. Once they run away they are vulnerable and are being exploited.

nauman
nauman

Dear participants may i ask you a question that a rose which is only beaten but what did you you say about the a horrible incident of drone attack into the afghanistan with the red handed American Army on more then hundred inocent childrens?
i apriciate your comments of humanity please.

Tree Kuberski
Tree Kuberski

We are certainly able to focus on more than one thing at a time. If we’re able to prevent a child from being beaten, tortured and raped we need to do that as well as confront what terrible things our military is doing in foreign lands. One thing does not occlude the other.

Marie Seltenrych

This is a shameful record for a great country.

Ruth Bacchus
Ruth Bacchus

It is disgraceful that this is allowed to occur

Call on Congress to prevent child trafficking

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All of America’s children deserve safety and protection, yet runaway and homeless children and youth are at high risk of human trafficking. Traffickers target homeless children and youth because they are low risk and easy to control.

Because of vulnerability and inadequate support, homeless and runaway children and youth are susceptible to human trafficking, often being forced into exploitative labor or sex to receive basic necessities.

Legislation like the Runaway and Homeless Youth Trafficking Prevention Act would improve prevention efforts, raise visibility, and provide life-saving services for these vulnerable children and youth. We are calling on you to introduce then pass the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act now.

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