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Tell your senators to protect victims of trafficking
September 2011

The following alert is based on information from the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services.

Bolivia girlTrafficking of people is a modern day scourge that afflicts millions of people, particularly women and children, around the world resulting in extreme forms of sexual exploitation and forced labor. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) established the United States’ efforts and leadership to prevent trafficking in persons; prosecute those who profit from the multi-billion dollar industry; and protect victims.

The TVPA expires on September 30 and Congress must act to reauthorize it. If the bill does not pass, U.S. pressure on countries across the globe to combat modern-day slavery will suffer. In this precarious economic environment, more vulnerable and marginalized people may fall victim to those who would exploit them.

Contact your senators and urge them to preserve life-saving, poverty-focused international assistance in the upcoming deficit reduction negotiations and the FY 2012 appropriations process. Ask them to support S. 1301, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and express strong support for:

  • The bill’s increased authorization of funding for trafficking victim services and strong emphasis on partnerships with organizations like Catholic Relief Services to combat trafficking in persons.
  • Authorization of funding for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, tasked with assisting governments in responding to urgent needs.
  • Establishment of child protection compacts that would help specific countries develop and implement comprehensive anti-trafficking plans to protect children.

Use this link to the USCCB site to send an email your senators; try to personalize the text in the box OR call 702-577-2339 for talking points and to be connected to your senators’ offices.

Photo of Bolivian girl by Sean Sprague, Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers

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