Texas is a hub for international human trafficking because of its many busy interstate highways, international airports, countless bus stations, the shipping commerce through the Gulf of Mexico, and its shared border with Mexico.
January 18th, 2019
This week, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and I introduced the Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act (S. 169), which would exempt civil damages, restitution, and other monetary...
December 17th, 2018
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and we cannot turn a blind eye to this human rights crisis.
October 17th, 2018
Recently, the House passed two important bills to fight sexual assault and human trafficking. H.R.
July 23rd, 2018
Lowyal was just like any other teenager across America. When she was 13 years of age and in school, daily bullying started.Then her relationship with her mother became worse. So she dropped out of school, took drugs, and...
July 17th, 2018
The shift by terror organizations to the web around 2005 (Al Qaeda, et al.) moved terrorism from the confines of print material and phone conversations into the mainstream. The impacts felt over the past decade were...
July 3rd, 2018
The illegal immigration issue is now boiling over in the United States of America and especially in states that border Mexico. While no one wants to 'rip' a child from their mother's arms, no one should 'rip' an unborn from...
June 12th, 2018
May 29th marked the 3-year anniversary of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA). This legislation officially declared that modern-day slavery will not be tolerated in our country.
April 18th, 2018
As you may be aware, Texas has roughly 300,000 human trafficking victims, including nearly 79,000 minors who have been forced into prostitution or other forms of sex trafficking. Sadly, Houston has the highest number of...
March 29th, 2018
Last week, the President signed an important piece of legislation into law – the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill.
February 12th, 2018
A disgraced former judge in Kentucky received a sentence of 20 years in prison for his role in a long-running human trafficking operation. The judge pleaded guilty to 21 counts of trafficking women and young girls in the sex...
January 15th, 2019
This government shutdown is unnecessary.
December 3rd, 2018
Prior to being elected to Congress in 2004, I spent 30 years as a criminal prosecutor and Judge in Houston, Texas. During that time, I encountered the worst of the worst in our society, from abusers to rapists to murderers....
September 10th, 2018
As Co-Chairman of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and I introduced the Helping End Abusive Living Situations(HEALS) Act in the House. This bi-partisan piece of legislation will aid victims in...
July 18th, 2018
A Texas man will spend up to 40 years in a state prison for sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl and forcing her into prostitution. His girlfriend also pleaded guilty and faces sentencing in the near future.
July 10th, 2018
Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26) and I toured an anti-trafficking non-profit, while discussing the action Congress has taken in recent months to combat this growing problem.
June 28th, 2018
Recently, I voted yes on important legislation that supports the House’s continued action to fight sex and drug traffickers. H.R.
May 21st, 2018
Human trafficking is a plague on our city, town and nation. It is a menace to our society and must not be tolerated. Fortunately, we have outstanding organizations brave enough to bring awareness to this horrific crime. ...
April 10th, 2018
I released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation announcement regarding the seizure of Backpage.com.
March 19th, 2018
Shock and sadness resonated across the country when 38 people were found trapped in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart last July. The lack of ventilation, food and water...
February 7th, 2018
Those who meet Asia Graves today are typically struck by her self-assuredness and strength. Nothing in her demeanor or speech hints at the darkness and trauma of her past. The only noticeable clue is the deep scar on her...