These are victims in the strongest sense of the word, the children who have been preyed upon by those who would take advantage of the situation. We will start with my opening statement.
And I became a sheriff in and left in January of to come to Congress. Doggett, Members of the Committee, for your time and your consideration today. And youth who age out of the foster care system often have little or no income support, limited housing options, and are at a higher risk to end up out on the streets.
Thank you so much, Mr. So it is an honor to have you, Ms. Now, all of these approaches are good and necessary, but the part of this bill that is of primary importance to me is that the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act will be amended to require that child victims of sex trafficking will now be considered victims of abuses and neglect, making them eligible to receive services within the child welfare system.
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So this issue is not just an abstract problem from a faraway place for me; it is personal. This information will all go to the FBI, where we can keep a comprehensive database.
Research cited by the U. Ridgway pled guilty to 49 murders and, like he said, probably killed 70 to Capitol Police will refuse sealed-package deliveries to all House Office Buildings. We owe it wanhing them to ensure our nation's foster care system does all it can to protect them from predators so they can live safe, happy, and successful lives.
You are recognized for 5 minutes. Will it feel sexy at first? Although these policies are often well intentioned, they may inadvertently increase a young person's isolation and separation from family, friends, and the surrounding community, making them more vulnerable to victimization. People recognize that. For too many kids in foster care, we are not living up to that promise.
The Department of Justice reports that, between and83 percent of sex trafficking victims found within the United States were U. And as I was investigating that crime scene, I found a third body on the banks of the river.
Plan date nights, get the kids a babysitter, set non-sexual goals together, work on projects. A supplemental sheet must accompany each submission listing the name, company, address, telephone, and fax s of each witness. One of the most devastating examples of this vulnerability is when children in foster womrn become victims of sex trafficking.
And statistics tell us that foster children are exceptionally vulnerable to those who seek to exploit children, as Congressman Paulsen has told us. We have watched the incidence of domestic violence fall by 67 percent since the bill was passed. When I talk to experts, over and over again they say there is a general lack of understanding of the problems, and, therefore, the victims aren't getting the proper services and care they need. And we wish that every child had the opportunity to grow up in a family that loved and protected them, but, unfortunately, that is not the case.
However, without objection, all the written testimony will be made a part of the permanent record. Representative from the State of Texas, Testimony Foster care parents can rightfully be described as the better angels among us, and they deserve to be recognized for the incredible difference they make in the world every day.
I want to remind our witnesses, please, to limit their oral testimony to 5 minutes.
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I think everybody in this room recognizes, and I hope that people across America recognize, we cannot allow this to continue. They often Fostr the girls think they wo,en dating, and they even used one foster child to recruit others. I note one survey that was conducted by the Los Angeles Probation Department revealing that a majority of the juveniles arrested on prostitution were in the foster care system already, and that ought to set off an alarm for us.
Slaughter, for all your hard work and concern on this issue and the team that you have with you at the witness table. They have about two s of my experience as a sheriff and a detective working with people on the street.
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I want to thank you for holding this hearing today and bringing light to an issue that is all too often ignored. And I am very pleased to be here, delighted to co-sponsor this with Mr.