Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Ending Human Trafficking

As many as 25,000 women and children in our area are forced into the commercial sex trade each year. Tragically, 2/3 of victims are forced into prostitution by age 18. Chicagoland is now the 5th largest location for human trafficking in the U.S.

As a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force, I organized a regional human trafficking roundtable this past August in conjunction with Naomi's House, Administer Justice, the West Chicagoland Anti-Trafficking Coalition, International Justice Mission, the Salvation Army and other leaders.

I have also helped pass these bipartisan bills in Congress:

  • The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act which provides additional resources to prevent human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers. (HR 2220)
  • The Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act which trains Labor Department officials on how to spot - and stop - the illegal trade of people. (HR 2664)
  • Put Trafficking Victims First Act which trains U.S. prosecutors how to investigate and process cases where a victim has suffered trauma and ends the practice of labeling victims of human trafficking as "prostitutes". (HR 2473)
  • Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act which updates best practices at the state and local level in coordination with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. (HR 1808)

It is more important than ever that the federal government support the efforts of these groups, and local law enforcement to put an end to human trafficking.

To get help or report a potential human trafficking situation:

Illinois Department of Child & Family Services: 800.252.2873 - Protects children through the investigation of suspected abuse or neglect by parents and other caregivers.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 888.373.7888 - Serves victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States.”

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More on Ending Human Trafficking

Dec 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Representative Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, through both chambers of Congress: 

“Today is a great day for Americans – Congress followed through on its commitment to the American people and delivered a tax code that is simpler and fairer and will allow millions of Americans to keep more of the money they earn.

Dec 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan named Republican lawmakers to serve on the House-Senate Conference Committee for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Representative Roskam (IL-06) was selected as one of five members of the Ways and Means Committee to work with members of the Senate to reconcile the respective tax bills and present a final version for a full vote.

Regarding the appointment, Rep. Roskam released the following statement:

Nov 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Republican Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation responded to letters they received last week from Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth concerning tax reform and the impact on middle-income families.
The following letter was sent by U.S. Reps. John Shimkus (IL-15), Peter Roskam (IL-06), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Mike Bost (IL-12), and Darin LaHood (IL-18):

Nov 16, 2017 Page
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is designed to get our economy growing and increase take home pay for hardworking families.  It will do just that.  The status quo of the tax code is indefensible, and we have the opportunity of a lifetime to seize this reform.  Our tax code is a self-imposed weight dragging on our economy, and we have the power to change it.
Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

DuPage County, IL – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), 227-205. Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06), who voted in favor of H.R. 1, also serves as the Chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee on Ways and Means and has taken a leadership role in crafting this legislation. Rep. Roskam released the following statement:

Feb 28, 2017 Press Release
President Donald Trump delivered remarks to a joint session of Congress this evening
Feb 10, 2017 Press Release
Chairman Roskam met with individuals from all walks of life to hear how they interact with the tax code.
Feb 2, 2017 Press Release
I'm glad to see so many great American companies stepping up to the plate and recognizing the need to end the 'Made in America' tax