Mr. Speaker, as a judge in Texas, I saw it all: rape, robbery, murder, kidnapping, child abuse. Now, in Congress, we are learning about the horrors of human trafficking, sex slavery.

Many groundbreaking laws have been passed to increase resources for victims and crack down on traffickers and buyers, but like all criminal enterprises, traffickers constantly stay ahead of the law. Fortunately for victims, there is an army of individuals, NGOs, religious and other advocacy groups fighting on behalf of victims.

The people serving in these organizations are New Friends New Life, RAINN, Polaris, Rights4Girls, Shared Hope, Coalition Against Trafficking, and Demand Abolition, just to name a few. They have all dedicated their lives to serve and save victims of trafficking on the front lines. 

On this National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, I want to thank all those warriors—the victims’ posse, as I call them—battling the injustice of human slavery. We will not give up this fight until this scourge has been eradicated.

And that is just the way it is.

Mr. Speaker, I include in the RECORD the following list of trafficking and other victims’ rights groups:

1. American Society of Victimology 

2. Futures Without Violence 

3. International Organization for Victims Assistance (IOVA) 

4. Justice for Children 

5. Justice Solutions 

6. National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) 

7. National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB)

8. National Association of Victim Assistance Administrators (NAVAA)

9. National Center for Victims of Crime 

10. National Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children (NCPOMC)

11. National Children’s Alliance (NCA) 

12. National Criminal Justice Association 

13. National Crime Victim Law Institute 

14. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) 

15. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)

16. National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

17. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 

18. Security on Campus 

19. Stop Child Predators 

20. Witness Justice 

21. Shared Hope 

22. Penelope’s House 

23. Center for Child Protection and Family Support 

24. Texas Association Against Sexual Assault 

25. Texas Council on Family Violence 

26. Rights4GirIs 


28. National Network 4 Youth 

29. Children at Risk 

30. Justice Fellowship 

31. Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) 


33. End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT–USA) 

34. Demand Abolition 

35. Equality Now 

36. Polaris 

37. State/Peace Corps Victims Advisory Board 

38. Tahirih 

39. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

40. Foster Family-based Treatment Association 

41. Silence is not Compliance 

42. Thorn 

43. Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) 

44. Love 146 

45. Saving Innocence 

46. Hope for Justice 

47. Breaking Free 

48. Hope Against Trafficking 

49. Not for Sale 

50. Run 2 Rescue

51. Slavery Footprint

52. Truckers Against Trafficking

53. 8th Day Center for Justice 

54. Free the Slaves 

55. Physicians for Human Rights 

56. Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women 

57. Save the Children 

58. United Against Human Trafficking 

59. HEAL Trafficking: Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage 

60. Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking 

61. Courtney’s House 

62. Stop Child Slavery 

63. Freedom Place 

64. Clery Center for Security on Campus 

65. Children’s Assessment Center 

66. Ending Child Slavery at the Source 

67. Covenant House 

68. Joy International 

69. International Safe Travels Foundation 

70. Arc of Hope 

71. Voices of Justice 

72. My Life My Choice 

73. Fair Girls 

74. Colors of Hope 

75. Pearls Inc. 

76. Zoe Children’s Home 

77. Phantom Rescue 

78. Anti-Slavery 

79. Bryan’s House 

80. New Life, New Hope 

81. #HelpErase 

82. Dallas LIFE Shelter 

83. Stop the Traffik 

84. Generation Freedom 

85. Nest Foundation 

86. Restore NYC 

87. The End It Movement 

88. The Exodus Road 

89. Tiny Hands International 

90. Everyone’s Kids 

91. For the Sake of One 

92. Hagar International 

93. Fast 21 

94. Traffick911 

95. Free the Captives 

96. Beauty from Ashes 

97. Gems 

98. Her Resiliency 

99. Amnesty International 

100. Pillars of Hope