The House approved by voice vote and sent
to the Senate a bill that would increase the
penalties for sex traffickers and offer more
protection within the United States for victims
of the sex industry.
The bill, authored by Rep. Chris Smith
(R-NJ) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH),
authorizes $94.5 million over two years,
including $75 million for victim assistance and
international programs designed to raise
awareness of sexual trafficking in women and
girls. The bill also includes a requirement that
the president establish an international task
force to monitor and combat sex trafficking.
Nearly 50,000 women and girls are brought
into the United States each year for sexual
exploitation. Under this measure, traffickers
could face life imprisonment in cases involving
kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse or
Media Resources: The Associated Press - 10 May 2000, and
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .