ATEST Recommends $1.8 Billion Budget for U.S. to Combat Trafficking in 2025

Attention in Washington this week is keenly focused on federal fiscal year 2024, which begins Sunday, and whether Congress can agree on appropriations bills to keep the government running.

ATEST works well ahead of lawmakers and the administration, and this week we’ve sent our anti-trafficking budget requests to the Biden-Harris administration for fiscal year 2025.

Our budget recommendations cover federal programs at the departments of State, Justice, Labor, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Education and the U.S. Agency for International Development. They represent a whole-of-government approach to preventing forced labor and sex trafficking, prosecuting perpetrators, and ensuring survivors have the resources they need for recovery.

“Human trafficking is a stain on our society’s conscience and an affront to the ideals that form the basis of our national strength: liberty, justice, equality, and opportunity,” President Biden states in the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. The plan outlines how combating trafficking promotes gender and racial equity, workers’ rights, fair trade, support for underserved communities and national security.

ATEST’s FY25 budget recommendations to the White House Office of Management and Budget provide a spending roadmap for acheiving those goals. We look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to ensure America’s anti-trafficking initiatives have the resources the need to succeed.

Media contact: ATEST Director Terry FitzPatrick ([email protected])