[U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Friday to commemorate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and reaffirm his commitment to passing the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which last year drew 56 cosponsors, including 15 Republicans.]
"Trafficking is an affront to human dignity and a generator of human suffering that we cannot ignore. I was disappointed that Congress failed last year to pass the bipartisan Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which would renew our nation's commitment to end this abhorrent practice by supporting international and domestic efforts to thwart the causes and punish the perpetrators of trafficking. I applaud the tireless work of so many around the world who have joined this fight. On this National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, I pledge to reintroduce this vital legislation and see it passed in this Congress. We must not turn our backs on the millions of people whose lives are destroyed by this modern day form of slavery."