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Senator Hirono offered the bill as an amendment; CTVPA will help keep vulnerable children safe

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Washington, DC, May 20, 2013 | Elizabeth Murphy ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard expressed her gratitude to Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii for offering the congresswoman’s bill, the Child Trafficking Victims Protection Act (CTVPA), as an amendment to S. 744, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The measure was approved by voice vote.

The CTVPA will place child welfare professionals at Customs and Border Patrol stations to provide basic humanitarian assistance to unaccompanied children in federal custody. These trained experts will screen children to identify victims of persecution and trafficking and help to ensure that they are treated appropriately.

“Today, thanks to Senator Hirono’s exceptional leadership, the Senate Judiciary Committee took a critical step to help protect some of the youngest and most vulnerable victims of our broken immigration system,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “By accepting legislation I offered in the House, the Child Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the Committee sent a strong signal that all children, regardless of their immigration status, deserve to be treated with care and compassion. I appreciate Senator Hirono efforts and look forward to working with her to expand protections for children and families as the immigration debate continues to unfold.”

The CTVPA responds to numerous documented cases of children apprehended alone along our southern border suffering egregious abuses at the hands of federal immigration officials.

Rep. Roybal-Allard first introduced The Child Trafficking Victims Protection Act as part of The Immigration Oversight and Protection Act in 2008. CTVPA is part of the congresswoman’s Immigration Fairness Agenda.

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