Rep. Lofgren Votes to Pass Anti-Slavery Legislation

December 4, 2007
Press Release

Bill Would Enhance Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today voted to pass H.R. 3887, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization of 2007. The legislation provides new tools and resources to those combating modern day slavery.

“Slavery might seem like a closed chapter in our nation's history, but in the past decade, federal criminal civil rights prosecutions have uncovered cases of enslavement across the country,” noted Rep. Zoe Lofgren. “This legislation, which proudly carries the name of noted anti-slavery legislator William Wilberforce, increases the resources available to state, local, and federal agencies fighting human trafficking. The bill also delivers on the promise of freedom by creating tough new enforcement tools to punish exploitation, whether by unscrupulous labor recruiters, diplomats who abuse their servants or brutal pimps. This bipartisan bill clearly illustrates our nation’s commitment to eradicating involuntary servitude and human trafficking.”



Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is serving her seventh term in Congress representing most of the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County.  She serves as Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. She also Chairs the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and serves on the House Homeland Security Committee.  Congresswoman Lofgren is Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation consisting of 34 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California.