Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) helped the House of Representatives pass two pieces of legislation to reform juvenile justice laws and help missing and exploited children. Both of these bills had been approved by Congresswoman Stefanik and her colleagues on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

“Too often our most vulnerable fall through the cracks of our justice system, and I was pleased to pass these important reforms through the House today,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The bills we passed 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 in the House for their work on these important bills and urge the Senate to act swiftly to send them to the President’s desk.”

The two bills passed by the House of Representatives today include:

·         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.