WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, November 20, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY), Representative Don Bacon (R-NE), Representative Jahana Hayes (D-CT), and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) reintroduced the bipartisan and bicameral Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) of 2019 to fully reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (42 U.S.C. 5701 et. seq.).
The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) has been actively leading the reauthorization of RHYA in collaboration with its national and local partners and young leaders with lived experiences of homelessness. NN4Y applauds this landmark legislation as a monumental step to ensuring that more youth, young adults, and young families experiencing homelessness have a safe place to call home and are able to avoid being trafficked for sex, labor, or both.
“No young person in America should ever have to spend one day without a safe place to call home. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act makes critical improvements to the existing federal RHYA program,” said Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth. “I urge Congress to move this vital legislation swiftly through Congress so we can strengthen our communities’ ability to prevent and respond to youth homelessness and human trafficking. Our youth are counting on us.”
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