Washington – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
was named a 2015 Champion of Children by the First Focus Campaign for
Children. Portman was recognized for his leadership on issues important
to the health and well-being of children including improving the foster
care system and protecting vulnerable Ohio children from human
“Too many Ohio kids are facing difficult circumstances, and it’s up
to us to look after those children who need some extra help,” Portman stated.
“I’ve been proud to team up with Ohioans to ensure all kids have a shot
at a good education, to improve our foster care system, to go after
people who prey on children, and to prevent vulnerable kids from falling
through the cracks. We’ve made good progress, but the work isn’t done
and I am honored to receive this year’s Champion for Children Award.”
“Lots of politicians talk about kids’ issues, but few back it up,” said Bruce Lesley, president of the Campaign for Children. “Senators Brown and Portman and Representative Stivers delivered for kids.”
Portman has made helping Ohio’s vulnerable children a top priority. He is the author of the Homeless Children and Youth Act,
a bill to expand the definition of homelessness used by the Department
of Housing and Urban Development. Portman announced earlier this year
that three of his bills to combat human trafficking have been signed
into law. Portman’s Bringing Missing Children Home Act will improve the way we find missing kids by refining and streamlining how cases of missing children are handled. His Combat Human Trafficking Act will strengthen law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute all who commit sex trafficking crimes. Also, his Ensuring a Better Response for Victims of Child Sex Trafficking requires that child victims of sex trafficking are considered victims of child abuse.
In selecting Champions, the First Focus Campaign for Children noted
leaders who introduced, co-sponsored, and voted for legislation to meet
children’s needs. In addition, the organization considered Members who
demonstrated extraordinary initiative by spearheading activities such as
sponsoring hearings or garnering the support of their colleagues to
improve the health and well-being of children.
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