Fighting Sex Trafficking

March 2, 2018

Honoring the Life of Reverend Billy Graham

Reverend Billy Graham is just the fourth private citizen to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.  It was a privilege to pay my respects to him on Wednesday morning.

In his 99 years of life, Billy Graham preached the Gospel to an estimated 215 million people.  His sermons were translated into 48 languages and broadcast across more than 185 countries.

As Speaker Paul Ryan said this week, "Billy Graham woke up every day and shared his love of God.  That love had no end.  That love had no barriers."

Graham worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other Civil Rights activists fighting for racial equality and to end segregation in America in the 1950s and 60s.

As Graham once said, "The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us."  These words, his words, are how I will remember Reverend Billy Graham.

Fighting Sex Trafficking

This week I helped pass legislation designed to fight the disturbing - and increasingly prevalent - problem of sex trafficking in America.  H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, equips federal and state level prosecutors to combat sex trafficking operations, and increases penalties for those who facilitate the sex trade.  I was a cosponsor of H.R. 1865, and was proud to support it on the House floor on Tuesday.

Human trafficking is a global epidemic.  In this country, tens of thousands of young girls - or more - have been robbed of their freedoms and forced into the sex trade against their will.  This nightmare is a reality for far too many Americans.

H.R. 1865 establishes a 25-year maximum term for those caught trafficking 5 or more people, and a 10-year maximum term for the use of an interstate facility to enable the deliberate prostitution of another person.

STEM Education Coming to Life

I had the privilege to recognize the winners of the "Future City Competition" last Friday at my District Office in Roswell.  The students attend St. Jude’s Catholic School in Sandy Springs.

This academic contest challenges middle school students from across the U.S. to design a city set at least 100 years in the future.  It teaches kids how cities work while also strengthening knowledge in STEM subjects - a focus of mine on the Education & Workforce Committee.

This year’s theme was “Age-Friendly City,” with students asked to design a city that would allow senior citizens to live actively and independently.  Practical application at its finest.  Congratulations again to the winners!


Cobb County STAR Student Banquet 

It was such an honor last month to speak at the Marietta Kiwanis Club's Star Student and Teacher Banquet.

The banquet recognized 28 accomplished young men and women who had the highest SAT scores and grade point averages in Cobb County.  They join an elite group of about 500 students from Georgia to be named "STAR Students" by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.

Each student also was able to invite a current or former teacher as a guest, recognizing the impact those educators have had in these students' lives.


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Karen C. Handel
Member of Congress