Issue Brief 15-17
May 22, 2015

On May 19, 2015, the House followed the Senate’s lead and approved the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178), sending the bill to the president for signature. The bill is a collection of reforms targeting human trafficking, including the establishment of a Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund financed in part by penalties levied against those convicted of various offenses. This Issue Brief explains the purpose of the new fund and changes S. 178 makes to current grant programs.