Congresswomen Kristi Noem, Vicky Hartzler, and Madeleine Bordallo today introduced H.R.3942, the Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act.  This bipartisan legislation would better support transitional housing programs for sex trafficking survivors.

“A home is so often where recovery begins, and yet, transitional housing for sex trafficking survivors is scarce,” said Noem. “In many cases, sex trafficking survivors require stronger security protocols and different support services than other victims of violence. To better respond to these unique needs, I’m proud to join Congresswomen Hartzler and Bordallo on this bipartisan bill. We’re hopeful it will extend transitional housing, healing, and hope to many more trafficking survivors.”

H.R.3942 would open the Department of Justice’s Transitional Housing Assistance Grant to those looking to provide support to sex trafficking victims. This funding is open to state and local governments as well as nonprofit organizations, including domestic violence and sexual assault victim service providers and coalitions.

The legislation is a continuation of efforts by Noem to address human trafficking in South Dakota and around the country. Earlier this year, the House passed the Noem-backed H.R.2200, Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act. This legislation reauthorizes resources that are used to prevent human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers.

Additionally, the House passed H.R.2480, Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, which Rep. Noem cosponsored as well. This legislation would expand eligibility for Department of Justice grants to allow law enforcement agencies to qualify for federal funding for the development and execution of programs that fight sex trafficking. Both bills remain up for consideration by the Senate.

Noem is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan H.R.1865, Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. This legislation would lift barriers for the federal government, states, and victims to go after websites, like Backpage.com, that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking.

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