LINKING ARMS ACROSS AMERICA
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

TVPA

 

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act expired in September, 2017

Tell your senators to renew these crucial protections for victims of human trafficking

There is widespread agreement in both parties that the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act (TVPA) must continue to be the law of the land. Yet it has been well over half a year since the nation’s most comprehensive anti-human trafficking statute expired. Without swift action, domestic and international programs face great uncertainty, which will jeopardize vital funds law enforcement and service providers depend on to fight human trafficking, disrupt trafficking networks and provide effective support to survivors.

Tell your senators that reauthorizing the TVPA is a priority. Ask them to get to work pushing this important legislation forward and ensuring our country has both the legal tools and the necessary resources to stop traffickers in their tracks and help survivors restore their freedom. Call, email, or write them a letter today!

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Sample phone script:

I am calling to urge Senator X to prioritize the fight to end human trafficking by maintaining critical federal programs that combat trafficking and support victims.  I ask that Senator X works to support victims and survivors, service providers and law enforcement by advancing a holistic, anti-trafficking response which promotes effective prosecution of traffickers, assistance for victims, and thoughtful prevention efforts. I urge Senator X to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). We have made great strides since the TVPA was first passed into law in 2000, and we need your ongoing leadership with this legislation. Thank you!

Sample email/letter script:

Dear Senator X,

I urge you to prioritize the fight to end human trafficking by maintaining critical federal programs that combat trafficking and support victims. I ask that you work to support victims and survivors, service providers and law enforcement by advancing a holistic, anti-trafficking response which promotes effective prosecution of traffickers, assistance for victims, and thoughtful prevention efforts.

First and foremost, I urge you to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). We have made great strides since the TVPA was first passed into law in 2000, and we need your ongoing leadership with this legislation. In addition, we need to accomplish the following in 2018:

* Prosecution: Because trafficking is currently a low-risk, high-profit business, organized, sophisticated criminal networks have developed the capability to operate both nationally and internationally. Serious prosecution efforts will require that federal agencies have adequate funding to properly investigate and dismantle these large-scale organizations.

* Protection: Victims of human trafficking still need greater protection. Supporting the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act, the SOAR to Health and Wellness Act, and providing funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline and local service providers enables survivors to get help and stay safe.

* Prevention: In order to prevent human trafficking, we need to support efforts like the Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act, which works to improve data collection methods to understand the scope, size, and systems of modern slavery. More accurate data collection and improving the transparency of temporary visa systems can help us better understand how traffickers are leading people into forced labor or commercial sex against their will.

* Partnerships: We must build stronger cross-border collaboration across North America and beyond to stop traffickers and support survivors. International partnerships between governments and NGOs to share resources, data, and strategies are critical, because a global problem requires a global response.

I won’t back down in the fight against human trafficking, and I urge you to support these efforts as well.

Sincerely,

X

We are pushing for this legislation in partnership with Polaris. For more information, visit their website or email us at info@inourbackyard.org