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Reauthorize Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)

    1. Richard Sands
    2. Petition by

      Richard Sands

      Southgate, MI

February 2013


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Petitioning The President of the United States

Reauthorize Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)

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The President of the United States

The U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. Senate

I’m taking a stand to end slavery: modern-day labor, sex trafficking and child abuse…

Stephanie Brown, Richard’s 17-year old granddaughter, died of a fatal drug-overdose on March 16, 2007, after being hired at a local downriver strip-club in Lincoln Park, Michigan, where two patrons (a volunteer basketball coach and an ordained minister) including a dancer at the club, sex-trafficked Stephanie to a local motel down the street and where she died that morning.

Together the State of Michigan and Stephanie’s family successfully prosecuted the drug-dealing, junior high school volunteer coach and later settled out-of-court with the strip-club for employing an underage person for sex-work. However, Richard continues to pursue other legal rights, causes and criminal investigations in human and labor trafficking cases regarding Stephanie’s death at the local, state and federal levels including international awareness and education.

Recent signatures


    1. Gather. Act. End Slavery. (IJM) The Freedom Commons

      Richard Sands
      Petition Organizer

      Please repost and share the following because we need/must work together to end/stop modern-day slavery. Thank you for your support.
      Join us by reviewing, signing, reposting and sharing the following:
      Indeed, please review and sign the 2 Petitions 4 the Request and Demand of Michigan's Underage Sex Trafficking Death Investigation.
      To: President Barack Obama, Federal and State Legislators
      President Barack Obama, Federal and State Legislators: Request and Demand 4 Michigan Underage Sex Trafficking Investigation
      Request 4 Michigan's Underage Sex Trafficking Investigation
      See Attached Link 14-Page Story).

      Request and Demand of Michigan's Underage Sex Trafficking Death Investigation | The Freedom Commons | International Justice Mission

      Request 4 Michigan's Underage Sex Trafficking Investigation Stephanie Brown ("Stephanie"), a 17-year-old high school senior, never should have been dancing at the Atlantis Lounge, a fully-nude strip club in Lincoln Park. Stephanie had worked there for only four days when a patron offered her $2,000.00 to leave with him and then provided her with a lethal dose of cocaine, causing her death.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Change.org Petitions Update:

      Richard Sands
      Petition Organizer

      Please Help US Stop Labor, Sex and Drug Trafficking, and indeed thank you for joining the Modern-day Slavery (Awareness Project Online) “Volunteers Making a Difference” sharing, reposting or repeating everywhere on our World Wide Web social media platforms...




      Volunteers Making a Difference!: Join Modern-day Slavery (Awareness Project Online)

      Religious groups team up to fight sex trafficking -...

    4. On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Ema

      Richard Sands
      Petition Organizer

      Combating Modern Slavery 150 Years After the Emancipation Proclamation
      Posted by Luis CdeBaca / September 22, 2012
      Luis CdeBaca serves as the Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
      On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, announcing his intention to emancipate all the slaves in the Confederate states that did not return to the Union within 100 days. On January 1, 1863, he declared free the 3.1 million slaves in those states.
      Today, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of that date in 1862, which heralded the victory of freedom and justice, and our country's ongoing commitment to those values. Yet, at the same time, as many as 27 million men, women, and children around the world live in a state of modern

    5. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jonathan Austin OAKVILLE, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is a worldwide problem, and it needs to stop.

    • Rachel Gunter COLUMBIA, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      The TVPA matters to me because I know survivors of human trafficking, and I don't want my family or friends to fall victim to this! South Carolina needs to step up to the plate and keep moving forward with the fight against human trafficking. Let's support the citizens of our state and of this country by reauthorizing the TVPA to prosecute traffickers, and protect victims!

    • Christina Page WETHERSFIELD, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      I do not support this act. "MISSING THE MARK: WHY THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION ACT FAILS TO PROTECT SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN THE UNITED STATES" states on pg. 18 "By distinguishing between “sex traficking” and “severe sex trafficking” and choosing to decriminalize and provide assistance to only the latter category of victims, Congress made a judgment about who is deserving of state protection. This kind of essentialism of what it means to be a sex trafficking victim is harmful because it deªnes the average victim in such a manner that it necessarily makes all women who choose sex work “bad” prostitutes who are not worthy of protection." (Rieger)

    • Victoria Colewood LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      The fates of many children to live a life that can only be made better by death or the happy safe life they deserve is in your hands. The young people should be one of your main priorities and child abusers taken off the street

    • Sherri Ross-Worm JESSUP, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a mom. I care about ALL children and this is outrageous.


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