HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants (minority day of hearing)

Hearing Date: December 14, 2011 12:00 am

Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement

We all agree victims of human trafficking and related crimes deserve the best services that case providers can offer.

Today’s hearing and our preceding December 1 hearing on this subject were called to focus attention on this important issue.

It is my hope that this hearing continues the process of shedding light on an important process, as well as the essential services that providers deliver to these victims.

Sadly, in the case of a recent Department Health and Human Services (HHS) grant award, a provider HHS has called exceptional was denied any funds to continue to help deliver vital services to these victims.

It is alleged that this decision was made to further a political agenda. If indeed this is the case, this action is beyond deplorable.

The Department of Health and Human Services owes Congress and the American people—as well as the trafficking victims cared for under its programs—full transparency as we explore how best to provide for victims who are indeed among the most vulnerable.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Ms. Andrea Powell Executive Director and Co-Founder FAIR Girls Document
Ms. Florrie Burke Consultant, Anti-Human Trafficking/Human Rights/Collaborations; Chair Emeritus, Freedom Network USA UNODC Global Training Initiative Document