In Dayton, Portman Keynotes Oasis House ‘Sweet Freedom’ Event


Portman Highlights His Bipartisan Work to Help End Human Trafficking


October 9, 2019 | Press Releases

DAYTON, OH – Last night, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) gave the keynote address at the Oasis House ‘Sweet Freedom’ event. The Oasis House seeks to help women recover from trauma, abuse, and sexual exploitation through safe housing, access to healthcare services, life skills education, and community spiritual support.

“I was honored to deliver the keynote address at the Oasis House's annual event and thank them for their tireless efforts within the Dayton community and beyond. The work that Oasis House is doing to help women recovering from trafficking is truly inspiring, and it was great to see so many friends at this wonderful event,” said Senator Portman. “As the author of six anti-trafficking laws, I will continue to do everything I can to assist organizations like Oasis House and fight for victims of this horrendous form of modern-day slavery.” 

As founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, Portman has authored six federal anti-trafficking laws designed to better serve victims and help law enforcement end this horrific crime.  

In 2017, Portman led the 18 month bipartisan investigation into online sex trafficking and Backpage.com, resulting in a stunning report detailing how Backpage.com knowingly facilitated criminal sex trafficking of vulnerable women and young girls online and covered up evidence of these crimes in order to increase its own profits. Portman turned the findings of his investigation into legislative action, authoring the bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), and President Trump signed the bill into law on April 11, 2018. 

Senator Portman has led efforts in the U.S Senate to hold the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Homeland Security accountable for ensuring that unaccompanied alien children (UACs) are protected from human trafficking and other forms of abuse. Portman introduced the bipartisan Responsibility for  Unaccompanied Minors Act. The bill clarifies that HHS is responsible for ensuring these children’s safety. It requires HHS to run background checks before placing children with sponsors, to make sure sponsors live up to their agreement to care for the children and ensure they appear at their immigration court proceedings, and to notify state governments before placing children in those states.  

Portman’s bipartisan Missing Children’s Assistance Act, which reauthorizes the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and continue the fight against child abduction and exploitation was signed into law on October 23, 2018. 

NOTE: Portman visited with Oasis House leadership and toured their offices in August of 2017. In February of 2019, Portman met with survivors of sex trafficking at an Oasis Safe House.

Photos from the event are below:

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