Portman Participates in The Children’s Center of Medina County’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Center is Expanding Facility to Meet the Growing Needs of the Community
MEDINA, OH – Today, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), along with other local elected officials, participated in The Children’s Center of Medina County Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new facility. The newly-expanded property will help meet the growing needs of the community and serve children and their families more safely and effectively while providing child advocacy services, anti-human trafficking services, and family visitation services.
“Today I had the chance to visit the Children’s Center of Media County and participate in a ribbon cutting today. It’s an amazing organization that is providing advocacy services for children and their families. One of their focuses is on sex trafficking and human trafficking,” said Portman. “I want to thank organizations like this one, and countless others who are working tirelessly across the state, that are helping victims of this horrendous crime. Last year, my bipartisan legislation called the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act was signed into law by the President. This law is already making a difference for trafficking victims and survivors who for too long have been denied the opportunity to get the justice they deserve. I will continue to advocate and fight for these survivors.”
“We sincerely appreciate Senator Rob Portman joining us today to celebrate this milestone in our community which will to allow us to serve more children and families in Medina County,” Rhonda Wurgler, Executive Director of The Children’s Center of Medina County.
As a leader in the Senate for fighting human trafficking, Rob is the co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking. He is the author of six federal anti-trafficking laws, including the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), which was signed into law by President Trump in 2018. SESTA ensures that victims have the opportunity to get the justice they deserve and allows prosecutors to hold websites accountable for knowingly facilitating criminal sex trafficking. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the leading anti-trafficking group in the country, said this about progress under SESTA: “Since the enactment of SESTA and the government’s seizure of Backpage, there has been a major disruption in the online marketplace.”
Photos from the event are below: