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American Bar Association to honor Sen. Rob Portman for opposing sex trafficking and recidivism


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American Bar Association to honor Sen. Rob Portman for opposing sex trafficking and recidivism

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 — Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will receive the American Bar Association’s Congressional Justice Award on April 9 for his efforts to combat human trafficking and to help individuals released from prison. 

“We are honored to give Sen. Portman our ABA Justice Award for his tireless work to prevent sex trafficking and for his focus on criminal justice reforms,” ABA President James R. Silkenat said. “Ohio and our nation are safer and more fair thanks to Sen. Portman’s leadership on the Second Chance Act and action to reduce prisoner recidivism.”

Portman co-founded the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking and supported protections for victims of sex trafficking in the Violence Against Women Act. Trafficked child victims can now take advantage of special youth programming in VAWA.

Additionally, Portman was the original author of the Second Chance Act during his time in the House of Representatives and has worked tirelessly to see the legislation reauthorized. The Second Chance Act aims to reduce recidivism by helping offenders re-enter society with education programs and support services.

Portman will receive one of four ABA Congressional Justice Awards that will be given as part of the association’s annual effort to connect policymakers with constituents in the legal profession. ABA Day 2014 brings distinguished lawyers from 50 states to D.C. to discuss issues such as funding for the Legal Services Corporation

Other recipients of 2014 ABA Congressional Justice Awards include Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., and Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.

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