Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015

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The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178, Pub.L. 114–22) was introduced on 13 January 2015 by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and became federal law in May 2015.[1] The Act is meant to empower law enforcement to further crack down on human traffickers in communities across the country while bringing about greater restitution and justice for victims. In addition to law enforcement provisions, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act helps victims rebuild their lives by using fines and penalties against perpetrators to improve the availability of restitution and witness assistance funds.[2][3]

Included in the Act[edit]

The Act is divided into a number of titles or acts, subtitles, and sections as follows:[1]

  • I) Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015
    • Sec. 118) Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2015 (SAVE Act)
  • II) Combat Human Trafficking Act of 2015
    • (A) Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking
    • (B) Amendments to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act
    • (C) Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking
    • (D) Expanded training relating to trafficking in persons
  • III) Human Exploitation Rescue Operations Act of 2015 (HERO Act)
  • IV) Rape Survivor Child Custody Act
  • V) Military Sex Offender Reporting Act of 2015
  • VI) Stopping Exploitation Through Trafficking
  • VII) Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015
  • VIII) Better Response for Victims of Child Sex Trafficking
  • IX) Anti-Trafficking Training for Department of Homeland Security Personnel
  • X) Human Trafficking Survivors Relief and Empowerment Act


  1. ^ a b The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, Pub. L 144-22, May 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Sens. Cornyn, Wyden, Kirk, Klobuchar Push To Crack Down On Human Traffickers". John Cornyn, United States Senator for Texas. www.cornyn.senate.gov. 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act 2015", Katie McDonald and Tori Calderhead, End Slavery Cincinnati, July 16, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2018.