NORWALK - State leaders are pushing for federal human trafficking laws similar to those of Connecticut.

Connecticut leaders say that trafficking is still very much a problem in our own backyard, but the kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria last month brings to light the global concern.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro says that Connecticut has paved the way for the country's battle against child sex trafficking.

Protesters in D.C., London, and New York have been fighting to bring awareness to the kidnapped Nigerian victims, and DeLauro says she will have her state standing for them too. "What we have to do here is bring this out of the shadows so that the public knows."

Stronger legislation on domestic trafficking is expected to be considered in the House of Representatives later this month, but a group of students at the Yale Divinity School say they are working to make sure that the global battle against trafficking isn't forgotten.

If you want to join the chat about the kidnapping in Nigeria with Yale students and others, tweet or post to Facebook with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.