Congress: “Pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act NOW”
Today is the national TVPRA call-in day. World Vision joins nationwide anti-trafficking coalition pushing Congress to stop stalling and renew the TVPRA. Senate office phone numbers and a suggested call-in script are available at http://www.passtvpranow.org/. We welcome back Jessica Bousquette for another guest post. Jessica is the Child Protection Research Assistant with the Advocacy and Government Relations team of World Vision in Washington D.C. Her role is to research and provide information for Child Protection and TVPRA for World Vision and she was excited to attend our WOV National Conference in March.
By Jessica Bousquette, WVUS Advocacy
At the beginning of this year we shared an urgent call to action with you because the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act was stalled in the Senate (S 1301) and a bi-partisan bill was nonexistent in the House. This incredibly important piece of legislation, the cornerstone of all United States efforts to combat modern-day slavery, had for the first time in over a decade expired. Over the last five months, something incredible has happened: the TVPRA has gained momentum in the Senate. This is a direct result of the work of Women of Vision advocates. In March, Women of Vision came to Washington DC and meet with their elected officials. In one day 125 women from 22 states covered one-fifth of Congress, sharing a simple message, “Pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act”. In March we picked up 6 cosponsors! After months of inaction and stalling the bill was finally moving. In the past 5 months we went from 32 cosponsors to 47! That’s amazing and is the direct result of action by constituents, like you.
In talking with people about the issues of child trafficking and exploitation we often hear: “I wish I could do something.” Well we have exciting news: You CAN do something! In fact your voice is needed, NOW! You are in the right place, at the right time to be an advocate for the over 2 million children exploited in modern-day slavery. The best part is you can do this without traveling all the way to hot and humid Washington DC. You just need to pick up the phone and call both of your senators and ask them to support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1301). The bill is ready to be voted on but the Senate needs to hear from you that this is a priority now, not later. Here is a simple call sheet to use and to learn more check out www.passTVPRAnow.org.