Shaheen In Town To Push For Human Trafficking Bill

Mar 13, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire met with local law enforcement and non-profits in Manchester Friday to talk about human trafficking in the state.
Credit Paige Sutherland/NHPR

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was in the Granite State Friday making several stops in Manchester including to meet with law enforcement and statewide agencies to advocate for her new legislation on human trafficking.

If passed the Senator’s bill would funnel more funding into treatment programs as well as cleanse a victim’s record of offenses such as prostitution or drug smuggling that occurred while being trafficked.

“Crimes that don’t involve violence that often follow victims of human trafficking for the rest of their lives and prevent them from getting a good job and living a normal life,” Shaheen told NHPR Friday.

During the roundtable discussion, many said that a lack of statewide data prevented many agencies from qualifying for certain grants that would provide them with more resources for victims. 

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The Senator also touched upon a letter 47 Republican Senators, including New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, sent to Iran that critics say attempts to derail the president’s ongoing negotiations regarding the country's nuclear program.

“We can have our debates we can disagree but it is important to put aside partisan politics, and I think sadly this letter did not do that and hopefully it does not undermine negotiations with Iran,” Shaheen said. 

Shaheen said she was “disappointed” by the letter, adding that partisanship has no place in foreign policy.