Now or never: take a stand on human trafficking legislation

Recently, Jessica Bosquette shared how she saw the Trafficking Victims Protection Act make a difference in the lives of children in the Dominican Republic. She also shared that if Americans failed to tell their senators they want the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act to pass, the positive results it has yielded will be gone. Today, Jesse Eaves, WV Policy Advisor on child protection, provides an update on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. He has news that requires a response-- if Americans want to see results, we must act soon.

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There's no doubt about it – it's been a scorcher in Washington, D.C.

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 can turn up the heat.  We have to make it a political necessity for U.S. senators to vote ‘yes’ for this legislation.  

‘It’s time for Congress to act’
On July 17, Senators Patrick Leahy from Vermont and Marco Rubio from Florida came together across the aisle to write an opinion piece 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 Unites States a global leader in the fight against slavery once again.  Contrary to what you might believe, Congress doesn’t act unless you tell them to.

Last week, I met with senate staff who also work tirelessly promoting the TVPRA.  They praised all the citizens who called and persuaded their U.S. senators to cosponsor this bipartisan bill.

During the meeting, the message to us, the organizations working in Washington, was simple:  Your job is done.

Their message to you, the constituents is this: It’s now or never.

Here's why.  On July 27, Congress began their summer recess, which lasts until September.  When they return, there will be a small window of time to get the TVPRA to the senate floor for a vote.

Your U.S. senators need to know you still care about this bill.  If they don’t hear from you right now, they will assume you don’t think it’s an important issue.  You need to prove them wrong.

World Vision's Women of Vision have taken a stand for the TVPRA. Women from chapters across the country gather on Capitol Hill to meet with their senators and congressional representatives to advocate for the TVPRA (Abby Metty/World Vision).

Clicking “Like” on Facebook won’t cut it
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 must to call your U.S. senators every week between now and September and convince them to vote for the TVPRA.

To those of you who have already called or written, thank you. Please keep the heat turned up so the bill passes.

If you don’t, the centerpiece of the United Sates fight against human slavery will die.  It’s time to fly in the face of the “slacktivism” we hear so much about these days.  Clicking "Like" on Facebook won't cut it.  We need to show we want our elected leaders to act.

It's that simple.  Feeling the pressure yet?  Now go turn that pressure on your U.S. 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 U.S. senators now and keep calling them until they get the message: Americans want to stop slavery.  Vote for the TVPRA S.1301!

You have an opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless.  Let your senator know you care about human trafficking and the TVPRA- call them today!

You can see which senators have sponsored the bill by clicking here and selecting 'cosponsors.'  If your senator isn't on that list- it's extremely important that you call weekly. Senators need to know that the people they represent care about the U.S. leading this effort against human wrong.



    May The Lord Jesus have His way in protecting these children

    Thank you. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding and knowledge belong to Him. May He have His way!

    To Mike Fitzpatrick and Bob Casey the senators from PA, please continue the fight angainst human trafficking. It is so wrong. It is immoral, unethical and un-American.

    Jerry and Jo-Ann Wilkins
    Bensalem, PA

    Human Trafficking is Terrible Wrong and Must Be Stopped Now!!!
    Vote TVPRA S. 1301

    I care

    I vote and Americans want to stop slavery! Vote TVPRA S. 1301

    NO! To Human Trafficing

    Stop this inhumane act against men,women, and children NOW. Vote Yes TVPRA S. 1301!!

    Stop this human trafficing vote yes on TVPRA S, 1301

    Human trafficking is so wrong and it must be stopped and those victims must be rescued. Children are a gift from God not sex objects. They should be protected from all predators.

    Human trafficking is so wrong and it must be stopped !

    Stop this now

    This is wrong! Stop this now!

    In this day and age, why is this even an issue. There is no decision here; no payoff will spare a soul from the decision to support such an issue. If our elected officials cannot get behind a measure to eliminate such injustice then they don't deserve to hold the high calling of an elected official. A choice to ignore is a vote for evil. No excuses!

    I believe the trucking industry can really influence the human trafficking that goes on here in the USA (which is bigger than most people realize!) & abroad. If you have not seen this film, please do:

    Hello WV--thanks for updating us on the status of what Senators Leahy and Rubio have already been writing. I will keep praying that the right spiritual economic negotiation tables open up for the voice of justice to be heard in this land.


    Hi Cheryl- Thanks for your prayers! We hope to have some more updates on the TVPRA soon! Stay tuned!


    Lindsey, WV Staff

    It is so sad that we have to write to our law makers to address this issue. This is a no brainer! Every elected official that does not do what he or she is elected to do, which is to be the voice of the voiceless, must pay the price for their actions.Speak for those children who cannot speak for themeselves. Vote to stop human tracking now!!

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