Trump Signs Executive Order To Fight Human Trafficking
The president puts fresh focus on issue with new government approach
President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at combating human trafficking and online child exploitation as the White House putting a new focus on the issue.
Joe Grogan, the White House Domestic Policy Council Director, said the new executive order sets a position in the White House domestic policy office “solely devoted” to tackling human trafficking.
“This is an all-of-government approach with a number of agencies involved,” Grogan said.
“Having someone established here in the White House who can coordinate on all these activities is going to really give us a leg up in combating human trafficking.”
Grogan recognized the work of the president’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, on the issue.
“The president has been focused on this since he came into office, and I would note that Ivanka Trump has been a true leader on this and a great partner to work on these issues,” Grogan said.
“Her focus has really elevated this nationally and within the White House.”
According to a report from Yahoo, the first daughter confirmed during the summit on Wednesday that the President will soon be proposing a $42 million budget increase for 2021 to support victims and efforts to prosecute criminals who take part in human trafficking.
"We are resolved, and we are relentless in the fight to hold perpetrators accountable and restore dignity for victims," Ivanka said during the summit.
"This administration has fought and will continue to fight this crime and ensure that survivors can access the services they need."
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The news comes a week after Federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed their agents would be deployed into the Super Bowl in Miami on February 2 to rescue children and adults who have become victims of human trafficking.
Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence stated during a press conference, Thursday:
“We know that large-scale events such as these are ripe for human traffickers to exploit."
“We will be out in full force."
ICE's HSI opened more than 1,000 investigations into suspected human trafficking incidents nationwide last year.
Two thousand two hundred people were arrested on criminal charges by the Department of Homeland Security agency, with more than 400 victims rescued.