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The TVPRA is in your hands, Turn up the Heat!

 I often have people come up to me to tell me how much they care about fighting slavery and how they feel called to do something about it. Well, now’s your chance. If you think it’s wrong to enslave a man, woman, or child, if you want to stand up to injustice, if you want to be a central player in the fight against modern day slavery, you have to call your Senators every week from now till September.

Today we welcome a guest post from Jesse Eaves, Senior Policy Adviser for Child Protection at World Vision US

Time for You to Turn up the Heat!!

There’s no doubt about it- it’s been a scorcher in Washington, DC. Luckily for us, the heat outside is only matched by the heat inside Congress to take action on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) S.1301. But now, we have to make it even hotter. We have to make it a political necessity for Senators to vote yes for this legislation.

Earlier this week, Senator Patrick Leahy from Vermont and Marco Rubio from Florida came together to write an op-ed in the newspaper Roll Call on the importance of passing the TVPRA. Their central message: “We introduced this legislation one year ago, and it is time for Congress to act.” Truer words were never spoken.

For more than a year advocates across the country have called, emailed, and met with their elected leaders, telling them to pass this legislation and make the US a global leader in the fight against slavery once again. Earlier this week I met with Senate staff who also worked tirelessly on the TVPRA. They praised all the people who called and got their Senators to cosponsor this bipartisan bill. During this meeting the message to us, the organizations working in Washington, was simple – your job is done. Their message to you, the constituents: it’s now or never. Here’s why.

As you might have heard, this is an election year. On July 27th, Congress will go on their summer recess until September. When they return there will be a small window to get the TVPRA to the Senate floor for a vote. Your Senators need to know you care about this bill. If they don’t hear from you, they will assume you don’t think it’s an important issue. You need to prove them wrong.

I often have people come up to me to tell me how much they care about fighting slavery and how they feel called to do something about it. Well, now’s your chance. If you think it’s wrong to enslave a man, woman, or child, if you want to stand up to injustice, if you want to be a central player in the fight against modern day slavery, you have to call your Senators every week from now till September. If you don’t, the centerpiece of the US fight against slavery will die.

So that’s it. It’s that simple. It’s all on you. Felling the pressure yet? Now go put that pressure on your Senators.

I leave you with the inspiring call to action from Senators Leahy and Rubio:

“Part of what makes America exceptional is our compassion as a nation and our understanding that our most fundamental freedoms are not uniquely American privileges but are instead universal human rights. Trafficking is an affront to human dignity that we cannot ignore. The United States shines as a beacon of hope to so many who face human rights abuses abroad. We cannot sit back idly while this injustice continues not only elsewhere in the world, but also here
at home.

Our laws must be renewed and updated to protect victims and improve our government’s ability to combat modern-day slavery. No matter where they are in the world, the victims of human trafficking need a strong America to champion their cause as our own.”

Call your Senator now and keep calling them until they get the message: Americans want to stop slavery. Vote for the TVPRA S.1301! Turn up the heat!!

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