BREAKING NEWS: President calls on Congress to Pass the TVPRA and makes commitments to fight modern-day slavery
“Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it…”
~President Obama, September 25, 2012
Did you see the President give the first-ever address on human trafficking today? If you did, then you saw the leader of the free world give you a shout out again and again. From commending faith-based groups and college students for their efforts, to calling out Congress for their failure to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, this entire speech was a nod to the power of your voice. You can continue to take up the call!
There’s no doubt about it – the Trafficking Victims Protection Act is like Lazarus – it keeps coming back to life! We have you to thank for that. We have added 6 new cosponsors in the past two weeks. We can expect even more now that President Obama has expressed his support. Even though the Senate has adjourned until after the election, their offices are still open and we can still add supporters and get to the magic number of 60 cosponsors. Even more helpful, we’ve identified some target Senators whose support can help push us over the edge. If you are from any of these states or know anyone from these states, make a call to ask them to support S.1301 and then Tweet or Facebook them and tell them to cosponsor then vote YES on S.1301.
Senator Tom Carper (Delaware)
Senator Olympia Snowe (Maine)
Senator Richard Lugar (Indiana)
Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri)
Senator Harry Reid (Nevada)
Senator Carl Levin (Michigan)
Senator Herb Kohl (Wisconsin)
Senator Daniel Inouye (Hawaii)
Senator Mark Warner (Virginia)
After that we turn all our sights on the House of Representatives and work to make sure that the United States continues to be a global leader in combatting modern slavery. As we saw today, you play the central role in seeing slavery come to an end. Keep it up and let’s give hope to the millions of slaves who we pray will soon be free.