Embarrassingly, one of the primary funding sources of child trafficking activities within the United States is the Federal government. Incentive programs such as Title IV pour millions of dollars into state run family court systems with little accountability on where those funds are spent. The Federal government needs to allow state agencies to run their family court systems at the state level and promptly stop all Federal programs designed to fund state family courts.
Family courts have bypassed constitutional law thereby enabling child trafficking by:
- Allowing for “ex parte” or secret hearings where the accused party is not present
- Eliminating juries designed to balance the power from the judicial branch of government
- Engaging in practices where a parent is eliminated from a child’s life (normally father) because the outcome is more profitable for the court. Removing a fit parent from a child’s life is unconstitutional. Children of one parent households are easier targets of trafficking.
The Federal government should not fund state courts that do not uphold constitutional law.
For years, organizations have made attempts to change these laws and court oversight. Implementing changes takes time. However, swiftly eliminating untracked Federal funding will quickly derail the child trafficking network.
Children’s healthiest living environment is normally with their natural parents. Currently Federal financial incentives encourage:
- Removing children from natural parents through CPS/DHS involvement (Title IV-E). Over 700 children per day are taken from their natural parents. There is extremely poor tracking of who is taken, why and where the children go. This is the biggest opportunity for traffickers to strike.
- Eliminating protective parents by forcing single parent outcomes in divorce (Title IV-D) since funding discourages 50/50 custody splits. Shared parenting is constitutional and in the best interest of the protection of children when no credible threat has been proved through due process.
State run solutions allow for innovation.
The power of state initiated solutions is a wide variety of creative problem solving. States that quickly find inexpensive, yet effective means to combatting child trafficking will be mimicked by states that are less nibble.
Also note: Protecting children from crimes is and has always been possible through existing criminal courts. Once a crime has been established through due process trials, outcomes may include provisions to care for children determined to be at risk.
The Federal government needs to remove itself from the business of involvement with unlawful family courts.
In the event any Federal funding sources remain uncut, we should require granular, publicly-posted financial reporting for transparency to prevent unintended funding of child trafficking.
There is a large movement of people who support this philosophy and an online petition has been established to demonstrate consensus on this issue. Please sign petition here.
Thanks for your sincere consideration in this matter –
Walk for Lost Kids