Representative Ed Royce is a long-time advocate for the empowerment of women and fights to protect their rights. He wrote the first anti-stalking laws for both California and the nation with the support of victims’ rights advocates and everyday women who were the victims of stalking.

As a champion for the women and girls that are victims of human trafficking, Representative Royce voted for passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act to require traffickers to be treated as violent criminals for purposes of pre-trial release, monitoring, and detention. The President later signed this bill into law with Representative Royce’s support.

In 2013, Representative Royce launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC) to address human trafficking concerns as well as offer policy recommendations. The HTCAC is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates, and is actively working to combat human trafficking in Southern California.