Make sure the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) isn't weakened during its Senate reauthorization, which is HAPPENING NOW!
In Dec. 2007, the House of Representatives near-unanimously (405-2) passed a very strong reauthorization bill that addresses some limitations in the old TVPA.
Unfortunately, the companion bill in the Senate (S. 3061), introduced by Senators Joe Biden and Sam Brownback, is missing crucial criminal justice provisions. If the new federal TVPA more closely resembles the Senate's version of this bill, criminal prosecutions for human traffickers will continue to be minimal -- at best.
The Senate bill (S. 3061) is CURRENTLY under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Please contact Senators Biden and Brownback (both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee) and ask them to amend the Senate bill by including the criminal justice provisions of the House bill (H.R. 3887):
Senator Joseph Biden
Phone: (202) 224-5042
Fax: (202) 224-0139
Address: 201 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Senator Sam Brownback
Phone: (202) 224-6521
Fax: (202) 228-1265
Address: 303 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510