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Human Trafficking Reauthorization Would Undermine Existing Anti-Trafficking Efforts and Constitutional Federalism

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Brian W. Walsh; Andrew M. Grossman

Series: Legal Memorandum

Topic: Human rights (Human rights promotion and violations)

Keywords: Legal issues; federalism; human trafficking; democracy

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The current version of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act would undermine accountability by inviting officials at all levels of government to "pass the buck" on enforcement issues, distract and divert federal law enforcement from actual human trafficking and other responsibilities that are inherently federal in nature, and detract from states' ability to function as "laboratories of democracy."