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June Advocacy Update

World Vision advocates in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.. ©2014 Garrett Hubbard/Genesis Photos

World Vision advocates in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.. ©2014 Garrett Hubbard/Genesis Photos

In April, we posted the first in a new series for the Women of Vision blog– monthly updates from World Vision advocacy. In this series, we provide updates on current legislation that people, including Women of Vision, have been advocating for as well as answer questions. If you have questions you would like to see answered here, please email them to advocate@worldvision.org by the 15th of each month.

 
June has been a great month for advocacy! This month, both the Water for the World Act and the Girls Count Act gained new cosponsors. Here are our June updates:

 
60,000 unaccompanied children will arrive at the U.S. border this year.
Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 8.34.38 PMRefugee children are arriving at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers. The extreme levels of violence children endure in their own country is unimaginable. More and more children are desperately seeking protection as security situations continue to deteriorate in their communities and they experience violence within the very institutions charged with their well-being. In addition to violent environments, unaccompanied child migration is influenced by complex economic and social factors, such as limited opportunities, employment for parents, and family separation due to immigration are regional trends that pull children to migrate to the U.S.

The only way to stop these children from running to the U.S. is to address the root causes and establish effective child protection systems.

What can you do?
Sign our petition urging U.S. and foreign governments to protect children from violence.
Share Hortensia’s story. Help us raise awareness of violence and abuse, and the impact it has on the victim and the next generation.

 
The Water for the World Act
The Water for the World Act now has 87 cosponsors (five new this month)! This is more than double the cosponsors that the bill had when advocates, including Women of Vision, went to D.C. in March to advocate for the bill.

More than 748 million people lack access to clean water and 2.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. The Water for the World Act does not ask for any new spending, but the bill puts measures in place, including increasing monitoring and evaluation, to make sure that U.S. funds for water, sanitation, and hygiene are going to the places that are most in need, and therefore, where they will have the biggest impact.

What can you do?
Make a phone call to your congressional representative (and be sure to log it!).
Send an email about the Water for the World Act to your members of Congress.
-If you are interested in writing an op-ed piece about the Water for the World Act,(see what WOV Austin did!) email advocate@worldvision.org.
Pray. The Water for the World Act is at a critical point. For nearly 11 months, the bill has been sitting in the House Foreign Affairs committee and it is critical that it gets to the floor for a vote as soon as possible, especially with midterm elections coming up in November. See ways you can join us in prayer.

 
The Girls Count Act.
This month, the Girls Count Act gained 11 new cosponsors! Our goal is to have 50 congressional cosponsors by the end of August. This bill will elevate the importance of birth registration in U.S. foreign policy. In the United States, we often take a birth certificate for granted. However, millions of children around the world are denied health services, education, and future opportunity because they lack this simple piece of paper.

What can you do?
Send an email to your congressional representative, asking them to cosponsor the Girls Count Act.
Call your representative and ask them to cosponsor the Water for the World Act (be sure to log your call!).

 
Church Advocacy Trainings
If you would be interested in further engaging your chapter, community, or church in advocacy, World Vision provides Biblical Advocacy trainings. During the trainings, you will learn about:
-The role of the Church in justice and advocacy;
-Secular vs. biblical approaches to advocacy;
-Skills and abilities that can be used to advocate effectively;
-Practical tips for meeting with elected officials;
-Ways your church can steward its influence on behalf of children and families living in poverty.

Use the form on this site to receive more information and details.

 
Thank you, again, for all that you do to speak out for children around the world. Your advocacy really is making a difference!

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