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Congressman Dave Trott

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

Trott Legislation Combatting Human Organ Trafficking Introduced in the House

July 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC:  U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) introduced H.R. 6413, bipartisan legislation to combat the international trafficking of human organs by terrorist organizations. 

“The illegal trafficking of human organs is a tragic and heinous crime that has existed for far too long. Terror groups use this brutal practice to fund their activities and strike fear in the hearts of innocent people. That’s why it’s critical that America takes a leading role in combating these atrocities and preventing more people from falling victim to these heartbreaking crimes. I introduced this legislation initially in 2015 and I plan to continue fighting to get this critical bill through the House in order to ensure that the voices of these victims are heard,” said Rep. Trott. 

Rep. Trott’s legislation, H.R. 6413, contains important reforms that will combat the crime of human organ trafficking and raise international awareness about this terrible practice.  Specifically, Rep. Trott’s bill will:

  • Make it the policy of the United States to combat illegal organ trafficking and to promote the adoption of effective voluntary organ donation systems in bilateral engagements and multinational health forums
  • Require the U.S. State Department to submit an annual report to Congress on organ trafficking that includes a list of the ten largest source or recipient countries for illegally trafficked human organs and any actions taken by those countries to combat the illegal practice
  • Specify that Human Rights officers at embassy posts overseas publish information on international organ trafficking
  • Prohibit the issuing a passport to any individual convicted of a trafficking human organs

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 10% of all transplanted organs worldwide are illegally obtained, coerced from vulnerable people or forcibly harvested from prisoners and oppressed minorities. Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq have reportedly been harvesting and selling organs from prisoners being held by the terror organization.