Costa Launches Alliance to End Human Trafficking

Nov 15, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC —  Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), Co-founder and Chair of the Crime Survivors and Justice Caucus, joined fellow caucus Co-Chairs, Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) and Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) to launch the Alliance to End Human Trafficking, a group of survivors, victim advocates and non-profit organizations committed to raising awareness, educating the public and providing resources to fight this modern-day slavery.

“Human trafficking is a problem that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. I am pleased to join the Alliance to End Human Trafficking to raise awareness of this important issue," said Costa. "Every year, millions of men, women, and children worldwide are thrown into a life of violence, forced labor and sexual exploitation. As co-founder and co-chair of the Crime Survivors and Justice Caucus, I have worked to advocate for crime victims throughout my career. This is an issue that I have first-hand knowledge of, from families and law enforcement in my district. It is their stories, and the impact I’ve seen on families in our communities, that motivates me every day to find solutions that effectively work to end this scourge on society.”

“Our Declaration of Independence says that every American is guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The monsters who engage in human trafficking have stolen these rights from their victims,” said, Rep. Pete Olson. “Congress has passed bills to fight this evil, but new laws are not enough. Working with the Alliance to End Human Trafficking to increase public awareness, bring together advocates and strengthen partnerships, we can provide coordinated resources to work to end this scourge once and for all.”

“As Co-Chair of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, I am extremely concerned about human trafficking here in our nation and around the world," said Rep. Debbie Lesko. "I thank all those who attended the launch of Alliance to End Human Trafficking today. We had a thoughtful discussion on human trafficking and how we can confront this issue and help save lives. In Congress, I believe both parties must continue to work together in a bipartisan fashion to combat human trafficking.”

Alliance to End Human Trafficking co-founder Lynn Shaw added: “We have witnessed a nonpartisan international gathering of concerned people from all walks of life, gathered to speak in a unified voice to bring attention to and awareness of the horrors of human trafficking. And we are further committed to its eradication.”