Heller’s Legislation to Train Veterans to Fight Cybercrime and Human Trafficking Passes in Senate

“With more hands on deck trained to identify these heinous crimes, we can help protect Nevada’s children from abuse and trafficking.” — Dean Heller

Legislation authored by Dean Heller to help train disabled military veterans to fight cybercrime unanimously passed the U.S. Senate.

I can’t think of anyone better to deploy in this shared effort than our nation’s own heroes. With more hands on deck trained to identify these heinous crimes, we can help protect Nevada’s children from abuse and trafficking.” — Dean Heller

The legislation was part of a larger anti-human trafficking proposal, the bipartisan Abolish Human Trafficking Act.

The Abolish Human Trafficking Act, cosponsored by Dean Heller, is a bipartisan bill aimed at cracking down on the horrific crime of human trafficking. The legislation funds services for victims and law enforcement, increases penalties for perpetrators, and encourages stronger reporting to track human trafficking crimes.

Expanding the popular Human Exploitation Rescue Operation (HERO) program, Dean’s legislation empowers wounded and injured military veterans to receive training in computer forensics to fight online child sexual exploitation. It also ensures funding for the HERO training internship and makes sure that there are positions available in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for those who complete the program.

“Human trafficking is a horrifying, pervasive crime that’s denied vulnerable women and children across the world of their freedom.” — Dean Heller

As a long-time champion of supporting and authoring proposals to combat human trafficking in Nevada, Dean Heller expressed gratitude and praise to the Senate for passing his bill to support the HERO program.

“The Abolish Human Trafficking Act allows us to treat human trafficking like the organized crime it is by bolstering law enforcement efforts to better identify perpetrators in Nevada and across the country. Our proposal also provides much-needed federal resources to aid victims on a path to recovery.” — Dean Heller

Since coming to the U.S. Senate, Dean Heller has worked to safeguard Nevadans from human trafficking and put a stop to the industry in the state.

Dean Heller is a senior member of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and has made supporting Nevada’s veterans in their transition to civilian life one of his top priorities in the U.S. Senate.


  • Last year, legislation Dean Heller authored to require air carriers to help train flight attendants recognize cases of human trafficking was included in the FAA Reauthorization Act.
  • In 2015, he supported the landmark Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, signed into law by President Obama, which included his amendment to ensure DHS personnel are prepared to better identify victims and perpetrators of human trafficking.


KTVN: Heller Legislation Allowing the Training of Disabled Veterans in Fighting Cybercrime Passes the Senate