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H.R. 5150: Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2021

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To reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 3, 2021
Length: 92 pages
Sep 3, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Sep 3, 2021

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29 Cosponsors (15 Democrats, 14 Republicans)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

<span class='\"kicker\"'>Catholic News Agency article</span>'Rep. Chris Smith highlights bipartisan bill on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day'
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Jan 12, 2022

<span class='\"kicker\"'>On National Human Trafficking Awareness Day</span>Smith calls on House to pass Frederick Douglass bill to bolster efforts to combat modern-day slavery
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Jan 11, 2022

United States marks 21st anniversary of the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act authored by Smith
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Oct 28, 2021

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Sep 3, 2021

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