March 27, 2023

ICYMI: Senator Cortez Masto Discusses Legislation She Passed to Combat Sex Trafficking in Reno

In Case You Missed It, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) visited local Reno non-profit Awaken to discuss legislation she’s passed to fight human trafficking in Nevada and support survivors.

Senator Cortez Masto is a national leader in the fight against trafficking and exploitation. She wrote the law making human trafficking a felony crime in Nevada as Attorney General, and her federal legislation to help train law enforcement to identify and prevent child trafficking and to combat human trafficking activity on social media was recently signed into law.

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KUNR: Senator Cortez Masto highlights legislation to help curb sex trafficking during visit in Reno

Awaken Reno is a faith-based nonprofit that helps people transition out of sex trafficking and connects survivors with education, transitional housing, and counseling.

Cortez Masto toured the facility and spoke about her legislation aimed at addressing the issue. She wants to further her work to stop the sale of people taking place online, like on social media.

One recently-passed law provides law enforcement with access to federal funding for training on how to recognize and rescue youth who are being trafficked. Nevada has the second highest human trafficking cases per its population.

KTVN: Senator Cortez Masto Visits Awaken Reno to Fight Against Human Trafficking 

Senator Cortez Masto visited Awaken Reno earlier today. It's a nonprofit that focuses on helping victims of human trafficking. The senator says she went to learn more about the program and talk about how to better combat human trafficking in Nevada…

[An] issue the senator is working on in legislation is targeting buyers and traffickers that are using the internet to their advantage: particularly, focusing on online trafficking and finding a way to shut it down.

Senator Cortez Masto says that education is one of their most important methods of finding a solution, in fact, it's a part of her legislation. "I also think what is important, this is another piece of my legislation, education is a key part of all this, educating the public about what's happening. Educating the public to understand and what to identify and help to be a part of the solution. I don't know of anybody that I've met in this state where once they are educated, they don't want to be a part of that solution."

KOLO: Local non-profit discusses combatting sex trafficking with Sen. Cortez Masto

Local non-profit, Awaken, welcomed U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto to discuss efforts to combat human trafficking.

“The work that I do in the Senate, in this space; I’ve carried with me because of the incredible people in this state who continue to advocate in this space, and doing everything they can to address this issue and to continue to bring attention to it. There is more that needs to be done,” said Senator Cortez Masto.

During her visit, Cortez Masto spoke about her bi-partisan legislation that was recently signed into law by President Joe Biden, to help train law enforcement on identifying and preventing youth trafficking.

KRNV (Broadcast)

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto today took a tour of a week in their local nonprofit. It helps women and girls who have been trafficked. Cortez Masto was also highlighting her bipartisan bill signed into law by President Biden. It ensures that Department of Justice grant funding can be used for training to help police identify child trafficking cases.

Awaken has helped 700 girls affected by the trade in Washoe County since launching about a decade ago.