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H.R. 1808 (115th): Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1808 updates the Missing Children’s Assistance Act to align with best practices currently utilized at the state and local levels to recover missing and exploited children. Specifically, the legislation:

  • Clarifies existing structures to align with current practices by recognizing that a growing number of children are victims of child sex trafficking and sextortion.
  • Updates requirements to better serve victims and families, including assistance and information relating to free or low-cost legal, food, lodging, and transportation services.
  • Protects children missing from state care and victims of sex trafficking by clarifying the work the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children does to help prevent child sex trafficking and providing technical assistance and education to families, law enforcement agencies, state and local government, non-government agencies, schools, and the general public on …

Sponsor and status

Brett Guthrie

Sponsor. Representative for Kentucky's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 24, 2017
Length: 13 pages
Mar 30, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

Provisions of this bill also appear in:

S. 1312: Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 21, 2018. (compare text)
S. 3354: Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 11, 2018. (compare text)

19 Cosponsors (11 Democrats, 8 Republicans)



Mar 30, 2017

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Apr 4, 2017
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May 4, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Education and the Workforce

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May 23, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 1808 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1808. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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