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News from EPI Reps. Frankel, Deutch, and Himes and EPI’s Daniel Costa To Discuss Legislation To Confront Human Trafficking

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Today, at 1:00 p.m. ET, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Congressman Ted Deutch and Congressman Jim Himes will hold a conference call with reporters and other stakeholders to discuss their legislation to confront human trafficking and worker abuse.  The legislation will be introduced today. EPI Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research Daniel Costa will also join the call and provide background on how the law would improve policymaking and help better protect temporary foreign workers through transparency in immigration the system.

The “Transparency In Visa Reporting To Protect American Jobs And Prevent Human Trafficking Act” seeks to protect foreign workers, here in the United States on temporary, legal work visas, from exploitation by dishonest employers who lure with the promise of a decent job and subsequently coerce them into unbearable conditions, such as sex trade or domestic servitude.

The Department of Justice and FBI reported over 1,200 human trafficking investigations in 2011. There are likely many more victims since this is a widely underreported crime.

WHO: Congresswoman Lois Frankel

Congressman Ted Deutch

Congressman Jim Himes

Representatives from the Economic Policy Institute & Global Workers Justice Alliance

WHAT:           Conference Call – Combatting Human Trafficking

WHERE:         Call in number provided upon RSVP

WHEN:           Thursday, July 24, 2014

1:00 – 1:30 pm EST