BREAKING: Critical anti-trafficking law passes Senate

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 is the cornerstone of U.S. policies against modern-day slavery around the world. The TVPA created the first comprehensive federal law to address human trafficking by focusing on both the domestic and international dimensions of this heinous crime. It is what makes the United States the global leader in combating modern-day slavery.

Because the methods of human trafficking are constantly evolving, the law must evolve with them. That is why the TVPA must be renewed every few years. Each time the bill is renewed, innovations and improvements are added to the original legislation.

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Are you ready to be happy?

In working with Congress, you often find yourself sitting and waiting and waiting, and nothing seems to happen -- until something finally does.

Today, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2012 passed the Senate as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act!

The Senate heard you and took a crucial step toward reauthorizing the largest piece of anti-human trafficking legislation in the United States.

Thank you, Senate! We’re halfway there.

Advocates across the country have worked hard for more than two years to ensure that the United States remains a global leader in the fight to end modern-day slavery; protect vulnerable men, women, and children; and provide services and justice for survivors by sharing their vision for a world free of exploitation and slavery.

We thank the Senate for passing this important piece of bipartisan legislation, and we thank you, too! The power of your voices rang clearly through the Senate chambers today.

Now, it’s time for the House.

Our work is not done. In order for the TVPRA to become law this year, the House of Representatives must pass its own version. The House has not yet introduced its own version of the TVPRA, and at the end of last year, there was no bipartisan bill in the House.

Your representative needs to hear from you -- and be reminded that this is an issue that you care about.

Thank your senators, and call your House representative today. Ask him or her to support the creation of a bipartisan Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act in the House of Representatives. Your voice matters, and today’s vote proves it.

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