Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) and her colleagues on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed two bills to reform juvenile justice laws and help missing and exploited children.

“Too often our most vulnerable fall through the cracks of our justice system, and I was pleased to work with my colleagues to pass these important measures to help youth out of our committee today,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The bills we passed today will help modernize our laws and give states more flexibility meeting the needs of delinquent youth, strengthen our ability to recover missing children and defend them against violent crimes. I thank my colleagues on the Committee for their work on these important initiatives and look forward to helping pass them through the full House of Representatives.”

The two bills passed out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today are:

·         The Improving Support for Missing & Exploited Children Act (H.R. 1808) that will update and streamline the Missing Children’s Assistance Act to strengthen efforts to recover missing children and protect youth who are the victims of sexual exploitation.

·         And the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 1809) that will reauthorize and reform the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act to help state and local leaders better serve at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.