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Congratulating Kristi House For Its Partnership With Miami International Airport And The Port Of Miami

(Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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Mr. Speaker, as a popular tourist destination, south Florida is known for its nightlife and sandy beaches, but unfortunately this has also made our area a destination for human trafficking. Thankfully, Kristi House has been a beacon of hope for our community by providing abused children the care they so desperately need.

Recently, Kristi House saw the need to try to identify and intercept traffickers and their victims as they use our air- and seaports. As a result, Kristi House has teamed up with Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami in an unprecedented partnership. MIA and Port of Miami employees will undergo special training that will allow them to identify child victims of human trafficking and hold their traffickers accountable. Approximately 750 personnel at MIA will be trained, as well as 1,500 trained by the Port Authority.

This unique collaboration is positioned to become a national model that will be invaluable in the fight against human trafficking. I again congratulate Kristi House on this tremendous achievement.