TOPEKA – (December 18, 2013) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt this week asked Congress to continue funding for programs that combat human trafficking.
In a letter to Congressional leaders, Schmidt, along with the attorneys general from 46 other states and territories, urged Congress to continue to make funding for anti-trafficking programs a priority in the appropriations process.
“While Kansas has taken great steps in the past year to combat human trafficking, it remains a national issue,” Schmidt said. “These federal programs provide needed resources to protect victims and prosecute traffickers.”
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act was reauthorized by Congress in March. Programs funded through the Act include task forces that work to protect victims, assistance in the investigation and prosecution of traffickers and the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline.
Kansas lawmakers earlier this year passed a new anti-human trafficking law, recommended by Attorney General Schmidt and Gov. Sam Brownback. The new law increases services for human trafficking victims and strengthens support for enforcement of the state’s anti-trafficking laws. The attorney general’s office was designated by the law as the statewide coordinator of anti-trafficking efforts.