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Support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

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      Polaris

With the creation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, the United States positioned itself as a leader in the global fight against human trafficking. This groundbreaking legislation made human trafficking a federal crime, created agencies and task forces to address both its domestic and international elements, defined the strict penalties traffickers face, established the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and initiated a host of measures to prevent trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers. Since its original passage, the bill has been reauthorized three times, each time reaffirming our nation’s commitment to eliminating modern slavery and strengthening our ability to fight it. 

This year, the TVPA is once again up for reauthorization.  The Senate version of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act, S. 1301, was introduced by by Senators Leahy (D-VT), Brown (R-MA), Kerry (D-MA), Boxer (D-CA), Cardin (D-MD), and Wyden (D-OR) on June 29, 2011. Additional co-sponsors are:

Sen Cochran, Thad [R-MS] - 7/19/2011
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] - 7/7/2011
Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] - 7/20/2011
Sen Kerry, John F. [D-MA] - 6/29/2011 *
Sen Rubio, Marco [R-FL] - 7/14/2011

Representative Chris Smith [R-NJ] introduced the House version, H.R. 2830 on August 30, 2011. 

Reauthorizing the TVPA is crucial to sustaining the essential programs the TVPA provides, from protecting victims to bringing traffickers to justice. Please urge your senators and representatives to support the reauthorization of the America’s strongest tool against human trafficking.

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Social media campaign to support the #2011TVPRA

      by Polaris

      While this petition accrues new signers every day, today we launched a corrseponding social media campaign to encourage Senators to cosponsor the TVPRA. Check out the most recent post on the North Star Blog for instructions on how to get involved!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Crticial Anti-Trafficking Law in Need of Support

      by Polaris

      The TVPRA needs your support! Will you support this critical anti-trafficking law to ensure human trafficking remains a crime in the U.S.?

    5. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Susan Turnquist PLEASANT HILL, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is a no-brainer.

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    • sally Washington WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 3 years ago

      I support this cause 100%. Ladies, please support our cause to introduce real time police appeals direct to women's phones supported by an equal rewards programme, which extends to human trafficking. http://www.ladiesinthecity.org

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    • Elise Nichol FRISCO, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

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    • Jeremy Dalton NORMAN, OK
      • almost 3 years ago

      Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17

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    • Dorothy Watts KENOSHA, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      It is the right thing to do.We as part of the human race need to be there for these victims of human bondage. The perpetuators dealt with and the captives recieve the freedom,understanding , comfort they need. Let us be the good change we wish to see in this broken world.

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