Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that on Monday, November 4 he will hold the Committee's first field hearing to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, Federal, State and local levels. The hearing, entitled "Regional Perspectives in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking," will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT in the Titan Student Union building on the campus of California State University, Fullerton.
Chairman Royce said: "Each year, human trafficking victimizes millions around the world; many are women and girls from our own neighborhoods. This threat is on the rise in communities across southern California. This field hearing will examine efforts to combat this form of modern-day slavery and provide the Committee an opportunity to assess the efforts of the State Department, law enforcement officials and community organizations to fight the spread of this grievous offense against human dignity."
Note: Earlier this year, Chairman Royce launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC), which is comprised of victims' rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates. HTCAC meets on a monthly basis to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. In May, Chairman Royce convened a Committee hearing to examine local and private sector initiatives to combat international human trafficking.