US: Wellstone, Brownback to Introduce Bill Combating Human Rights Abuse: Global Trafficking of Women and Children

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Subject: US: Wellstone, Brownback to Introduce Bill Combating Human Rights Abuse: Global Trafficking of Women and Children
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 14:18:47 EDT


I only just got this myself. But, thought I'd pass it on.

Melanie
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Jim Farrell or
April 11, 2000
Andrew McDonald (202) 224-8440
                                                E-mail:
jim_farrell@wellstone.senate.gov

ADVISORY -- WEDNESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Wellstone, Brownback to Introduce Bill Combating Human Rights Abuse:
Global Trafficking of Women and Children
Bipartisan Legislation Targets Sexual Exploitation and Forced Labor

        WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Paul Wellstone (a member of the
Foreign Relations Committee) will hold a joint press conference
Wednesday with Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) to announce the formal
introduction of bipartisan legislation targeted at stopping the
exploitation of women and children around the world through illegal
trafficking rings. The event will take place at 2:00 p.m. in Room
485 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

        Wellstone and Brownback held a hearing on the issue last week
to listen to the stories of Mexican and Russian women who had been
horribly abused through such trafficking rings. The resulting
comprehensive legislation takes on one of the most pernicious and
growing violations of human rights around the world. The Trafficking
Victims Act of 2000 strikes at a domestic and international problem
which has been left unaddressed for far too long. According to the
CIA, as many as 50,000 women and children each year are brought into
the United States and forced to work as prostitutes, forced laborers
or servants.

        The Wellstone bill aims to prevent trafficking in persons,
provide protection and assistance to those who have been abused
through sexual and forced labor rings, provide protection and
assistance to such victims, and severely punish those responsible for
such deplorable crimes. It will ensure that the State Department and
U.S. law enforcement agencies are fully engaged on the issue, that
our immigration laws do not encourage rapid deportation of victims,
and that trafficking victims receive needed services and safe
shelter. Additionally, the bill toughens criminal penalties and
provides resources to programs assisting victims at home and abroad.

WHAT: Press Conference to Introduce "The Trafficking Victims Act of 2000"
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485
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Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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