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:
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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The Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act is the foundation of U.S. policy on human trafficking, and its passage is essential to maintaining the significant gains we have made in protecting victims and bringing traffickers to justice.
I write today to encourage you to co-sponsor this important bi-partisan legislation.
Both the House and Senate versions of the TVPRA include language that:
- Encourages the distribution and posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center; and
- Strengthens enforcement of child exploitation laws against U.S. citizens living abroad.
For further information on what the 2011 Reauthorization Act will add to the TVPA, as well as recommendations for the TVPRA from a coalition of anti-trafficking organizations, please visit:
I urge you to co-sign this vital piece of legislation and stand at the forefront of human rights work today.