Wow. In 24 hours, thousands of Walk Free activists called on the U.S. Senate to fight modern slavery by passing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). And - we won! TVPA was passed by the U.S Senate by a vote of 93-5.
Through TVPA, survivors of modern slavery receive support, prevention initiatives will continue and perpetrators of human trafficking will be held accountable for their crimes. The Senate vote brings us one step closer to passing this legislation. Next step - the House of Representatives where this legislation will need public support to finally claim victory.
Thank you again for joining Walk Free and the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking coalition (ATEST) to ensure the U.S. continues the fight against modern slavery.
Debra, Mich, Nick, Hayley, Jacqui, Amy, Jess and the Walk Free team.
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Six days ago in Atlanta, GA, detectives rescued two teenage girls trapped in the nightmare of modern slavery. They had suffered physical abuse, were raped, starved and forced to have sex with strangers while drugged.
Runaway girls forced to sell themselves for sex. Maids locked in the homes of strangers. Farmworkers living in isolated labour camps, forced to work and unable to get away. Thousands of people are living in slavery here in America.
As you know, for the past 12 years, there’s been a growing movement against modern slavery. Survivors have rebuilt their lives through recovery programs. A national hotline has provided tipoffs to free victims and prosecute people who traffic in human beings. These initiatives serve as a literal lifeline for victims of slavery – and now they are at risk.
The last Congress failed to renew the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – the law critical to America’s efforts to fight modern slavery. But, the US Senate is soon expected to give TVPA another chance, correcting the last Congress’ terrible oversight in not passing legislation to combat slavery in America.
We don’t have much time. Your Senators need to hear from you – slavery still exists in America, and we cannot put critical anti-trafficking initiatives at risk.