The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA) of 2011

In 2000, CAST and coalition partners around the country successfully advocated for the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). This groundbreaking legislation increased the U.S. Government’s efforts to protect victims, authorized the government to strengthen efforts to prosecute traffickers and allowed for increased prevention measures. It funds some of CAST’s most vital programs for victims of trafficking including comprehensive case management, shelter and legal services.

Since the original passage the bill has been reauthorized three times (2003, 2005, 2008). On June 29, 2011 with bi-partisan support, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S.1301) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Leahy (VT), Brown (MA), Kerry (MA), Boxer (CA), Cardin (MD), and Wyden (OR). Now it is time to urge members of the Senate to support the reauthorization, and we need your help to do this!

Action Steps You Can Take Today!

You can help end modern-day slavery in our lifetime—Call or email your Senator today!

It’s easy to find your Senators’ contact information at the top right corner of the Senate’s website: http://www.senate.gov/

 

1) Either leave a voice message or simply talk to the receptionist:

“My name is ___ and I live in ______________ (your state). I'm calling to ask the senator to co-sponsor S.1301, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. I also would like the senator to support strengthening the Act by increasing provisions that halt abuses by foreign labor recruiters.

 

2) Send an email to your Senator:

Dear Senator,

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act was signed into law in 2000 and it is currently up for reauthorization. I write today to urge you to co-sponsor this crucial bi-partisan legislation. The 2011 TVPRA (S.1301), as introduced by the Senate, makes needed improvements that will better assist human trafficking victims, prosecutors and law enforcement. However it could do more. I urge you to increase measures to prevent human trafficking by including provisions to halt the abuse of foreign labor recruiters in the TVPRA.

The TVPRA would sustain and improve U.S. programs that combat human trafficking and slavery around the world and within our borders. I strongly urge you to co-sponsor the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011.

Sincerely,
Your Name

 

CAST thanks you for taking action today!

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