World Vision Advocacy Associate for Child Protection, Jessica Bousquette, shares an update from the January 11th TVPRA call-in day!
On Friday the 11th, advocates from 28 states called their Senators and Congressional Representatives to ask them to end modern-day slavery by supporting the immediate reintroduction and passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). The TVPRA is the cornerstone of U.S. law to prevent vulnerable men, women, and children from being enslaved, protect survivors of modern-day slavery, and prosecute traffickers. This comprehensive and effective law must be reauthorized every three years but Congress allowed the bill expired in October 2011 and then failed to reauthorize it in 2012. But advocates, like you, have been working to make sure ending modern-day slavery remains a priority for the U.S. and your voices definitely make a difference. Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (the original sponsor of TVPRA of 2011 and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee) announced that passing the TVPRA would be a top priority for the Judiciary Committee this year! Stay tuned and keeping calling!