81st Annual Meeting: June 21-24, 2013 in Las Vegas

IN SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL EFFORTS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

††††††††††† WHEREAS, the United States government has long been involved in the prosecution of human trafficking; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, more than 20 million men, women, and children worldwide are victims of human trafficking; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, according to the Polaris Project, every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, and here in the United States; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality and can be men or women, young or old, American or from abroad, with or without legal status; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, among them are victims brought into the United States under false pretenses, and coerced into commercial sexual exploitation; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, over the past year, the Administration has taken steps to highlight the issue of human trafficking and to place new emphasis on combating the issue; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, the first-ever White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking was held earlier this year; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, this forum brought together leaders from government, the private sector, advocates and survivors, faith leaders, law enforcement, and academia to talk about ways to combat human trafficking; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, at this conference the Administration released the Federal Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, this first-ever federal strategic action plan outlines steps to coordinate and strengthen services for trafficking victims in the United States; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, this comprehensive, 5-year plan is action-oriented and time-specific and embraces a collaborative approach that promises to improve services for victims of trafficking throughout the federal government; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, the enactment of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000 was a turning point in dealing with trafficking victims; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, the Trafficking Survivors Protection Act was reauthorized as a part of the Violence Against Women Act; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, the Presidentís proposed FY 2014 Federal budget includes for the first time funding to support domestic survivors of human trafficking; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, the President signed an executive order in 2012 Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, the FY 2013 Department of Justice budget includes language to direct the department to investigate possible changes to the law to help prevent the trafficking of commercially sexually exploited children over the Internet; and

††††††††††† WHEREAS, the Department of Homeland Securityís Blue Campaign is working tocombat human trafficking through public awareness, training, victimsí assistance, and†† law enforcement,

††††††††††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors supports the Administrationís ongoing efforts to combat both domestic andinternational human trafficking; and

††††††††††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors supports the Federal Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States; and

†††††††††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the Department of Justice to find ways to combat the trafficking of commercially sexually exploited children over the Internet; and

†††††††††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors supports efforts federal funding for victims of trafficking and efforts to combat trafficking; and

†††††††††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that combatting human trafficking should include severe prison sentences up to and including life in prison to deter individuals from participating in any part of the crime; and

†††††††††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors supports the Department of Homeland Securityís Blue Campaign.

†††††††††† Projected Cost: Unknown


RESOLUTION ADOPTED JUNE 2013