ACTION ALERT: Trafficking Victims Protection

November 18, 2011

ACTION ALERT

Contact your Congress member today and tell them to support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVRPA) of 2011!

BACKGROUND

Catholic Social Teaching requires us to uphold the dignity of every person.  Human trafficking is an atrocity that afflicts millions of people around the world, particularly women and children, resulting in extreme forms of sexual exploitation and forced labor.  Human trafficking is a direct violation of this teaching and it is our duty to protect our brothers and sisters and speak out against these horrible acts. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) established the United States’ efforts and leadership to combat this multi-billion dollar industry. Human trafficking can be found in every country, from big cities to small towns, including in the United States.  It is estimated that 27 million people around the world are currently victims of trafficking.  In 2000, the U.S. created the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to ensure that the practice of slavery is completely eradicated from our country.  The U.S. government has worked to prevent trafficking in persons; prosecute those who profit from it; and protect victims.  This bill is set to expire this year.  In order to uphold the U.S. commitments at home and abroad, Congress must pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2011.  If the bill does not pass, U.S. pressure on countries across the globe to combat modern-day slavery will suffer.  In this precarious economic environment, more vulnerable and marginalized people may fall victim to those who would exploit them.

ACTION REQUESTED

Let your voice be heard… CALL YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER TODAY!
A sample script can be found below. To call, simply call the Capital Switchboard at 202-225-3121 and give the operator your zip code.

Sample Script

Hello!  My name is  [….] and I am from [….]. I am a concerned constituent of Congress member [Name] and would like to talk to him/ her about the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011. As a person of faith, I want to urge [………] to vote for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011, so that the U.S. may continue to combat human trafficking and protect those persons who are forced into slavery. Thank you for your time.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach
Michelle Melcher Knight
Telephone: 301.565.4547
mmknight@columban.org