Washington, D.C. – Today, the anniversary of the 13th amendment and National Freedom Day, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution led by Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recognizing National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month.
“I’ve been working to combat human trafficking since I was Nevada’s Attorney General, and I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution to raise awareness and reaffirm our commitment to ending this modern-day slavery,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “There’s more work to do to address human trafficking, and I’ll continue to fight in the Senate to hold traffickers accountable and support survivors.”
“The federal government must do everything in its power to fight back against the evils of human trafficking. By shining a light on modern-day slavery and expressing solidarity with victims of exploitation, the Senate stands unified in our efforts to put an end to these horrific crimes,” Grassley said.
Cortez Masto and Grassley are joined by Sens. Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.).
Full text of the resolution is available HERE.
Senator Cortez Masto is a national leader in the fight against trafficking and exploitation. She wrote the law making human trafficking a felony 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 signed into law. She introduced the bipartisan Jimmy Deal Trafficking Survivors Assistance Act to help human trafficking survivors access air travel so they can escape traffickers and get the care they need. This past summer, the Senator helped seat Nevada trafficking survivor Annika Huff on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking.