Federal – ACTION ALERT
BACKGROUND: Trafficking 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 United States efforts and leadership to combat the multi-billion dollar industry. Since then, the U.S. government has worked to prevent trafficking in persons, prosecute those who profit from it, and protect victims. Catholic Relief Services partners with U.S. government agencies and others to prevent trafficking and protect victims in more than 35 countries around the world.
Congress must act to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which expires on September 30, 2011. 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.
The following links provide additional information:
- A recent USCCB/CRS letter to the Senate in support of S. 1301, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
- How the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is responding to human trafficking
- How Catholic Relief Services is responding to human trafficking worldwide
- The Florida Catholic Conference’s Human Trafficking Awareness web page
ACTION: Contact Senator Nelson and ask him to co-sponsor S. 1301, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. Senator Rubio is a co-sponsor of this bill. By clicking the link below you can send an email directly to Senator Nelson and a thank you email to Senator Rubio. You may send the pre-written message as provided or compose your own message.
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