Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Analysis

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Prior to the passing of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, previous bills tried to eliminate various aspects of human trafficking (Polaris Project, 2015). In 1910, Congress signed The Mann Act of 1910 into action. The act made it illegal for anyone to transport a girl or woman across state, or country lines, for the purpose of prostitution. Then, in 1930, The Tariff Act of 1930 made it illegal to import products that were made by forced laborers. However, neither of these acts addressed the full magnitude of human trafficking (Polaris Project, 2015).
In 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (Sacco, 2015). The bill was meant to help law enforcement respond to violence against women;
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TVPA was the first bill to truly address the full magnitude of human trafficking. The act put several measures into action in order to prosecute traffickers, safeguard victims of trafficking, and to stop human trafficking altogether. The act made human trafficking a federal crime and assigned strict penalties to anyone convicted of trafficking. TVPA also created the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons as a way to prevent human trafficking. Furthermore, the act created the T visa. The T visa allowed victims, and their families, to become temporary residents of the United States as a way to safeguard the victims. The T visa also allowed the temporary residents to become permanent citizens of the United States after they lived in the US for three…show more content…
The combined act reauthorized anti-trafficking programs and included new protection for victims and survivors of trafficking (Chon, 2013). The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 called to eliminate trafficking both internationally and in the United States (VAWA, 2013). In International persons, the act calls to provide regional plans to fight trafficking. These plans make it an obligation for each region to provide goals and objectives to fight trafficking. The act also provides partnerships between the United States and other countries in risk of trafficking, to help fight trafficking. The act also states that the United States will not use any item made by or with the use of someone who is a victim of trafficking. VAWA also protects and assists victims by providing proper resources such as shelters, hotlines, counseling, and education. It also provides the best practices to remove individuals from trafficking and provide protection for nonimmigrants. Finally, the act prevents child marriage by empowering girls at risk, and also restricts military funding to countries that employ child soldiers (VAWA,

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