Mr. Speaker, human trafficking is a menace to our society and should be eradicated as soon as possible. Fortunately, we have outstanding organizations brave enough to stand up for those who have been subjected to the horror of modern day slavery. 

I am honored to recognize one of those great organizations today. Creativity Shell is a nonprofit located in Houston, Texas whose mission is to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers.

The organization teaches valuable skills like sewing and textile arts to students in public libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from human trafficking. Creativity Shell is now launching ‘‘Hearts for a Fresh Start’’ to give back and raise awareness for trafficked victims. 

The program invites Houston kids to help sew hearts on washcloths. The washcloths will be delivered to children in shelters who have been rescued from human trafficking.

This great program was launched on January 14th and will run until Valentine’s Day. Creativity Shell’s goal is to make and deliver over 5,000 washcloths to shelters all over the country.

As a longtime advocate of combatting human trafficking, I applaud Creativity Shell for their passion, dedication and unwavering support of trafficked victims. It’s time for us to stand together.

End this scourge on society and support and protect those who have fallen prey to human trafficking.

And that’s just the way it is.