WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of his amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill of 2015. This amendment will bring resources to victims of trafficking by restoring grant funding to last year’s level.

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery and it is happening right now in cities all across America,” said Rep. Poe. “Congress recently took action to combat trafficking by passing the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act which was signed into law by President Obama. Trafficking is a multibillion dollar criminal enterprise with countless victims sold for sex and labor in the United States. This Amendment takes $17.3 million from the bloated $1 billion Census Bureau budget and uses it instead to fund grants for victims of trafficking, restoring funding to last year’s level. The Amendment will bring resources to victims and help stop the egregious crime of trafficking.”