Freedom Requires Action
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anti-trafficking to equip communities for the next frontier in America’s fight against trafficking.
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5-7pm | January 22, 2023 | Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. | $150
Day of Action
9-11am | January 23, 2023 | United States Capitol Building Auditorium
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We, the undersigned organizations and stakeholders, including survivors of child exploitation and sex trafficking, urge you to support legislative initiatives and policies that improve the United States' response to human trafficking by enacting legislation that improve the following concerns:
Continuum of Care
Justice for Survivors
Prevention & Training
We respectfully request that you bring forward comprehensive legislation that provides equitable access to services for trafficking survivors, and affords survivors the care and respect they deserve.
TVPRA Passed the House and the Senate
On July 26th, the U.S House of Representatives passed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022 (H.R.6552). The bill reauthorizes the historic Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and provides more than $1 billion over five years to strengthen both the domestic and international response to human trafficking.
On December 21st, TVPA bills S. 3946 & S. 3949 passed the Senate. We are one step closer to getting this to the President's desk.
President Biden signed the TVPA ( S. 3946 and S. 3949) into law on December 5th. We are grateful to everyone who has signed the letter of support, called their Congressional members, and taken a stand on behalf of trafficking survivors. We are excited to see continued momentum by the Trafficking Survivor Equity Coalition in 2023.
Reauthorizing the TVPA is critical because it reapproves and enhances vital programs that address Human Trafficking.
Please call or email your delegate and urge him or her to vote “YES” on H.R. 6552. Be courteous, respectful, and polite. Your message can be as simple as: “Please vote ‘yes’ on H.R. 6552, the TVPRA Bill. It is essential to continue the federal support of trafficking victims.”
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Send this letter to your Congressional member & ask 3 friends to join the movement.
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Position on Definitions
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) laid out how human trafficking was to be defined as well as set forth the criteria for how government agencies respond to trafficking in persons.
Read the latest position paper from Safe House Project around the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
The Frederick Douglass TVPRA bill reauthorizes and enhances successful programs, strengthens laws, and adds accountability. The bill enhances successful programs like the grants to assist in the recognition of child trafficking by adding prevention of online grooming and trafficking of children through accessible, age-appropriate, trauma-informed approaches and scalable programs that use proven and tested best practices. It also strengthens laws to prevent, identify, and report child sex and labor trafficking. It further ensures that survivor employment and education programs offer wrap-around social services, case management, life skills training, and assistance with obtaining employment and higher education. Likewise, it strengthens Federal government accountability for survivor -informed policy through a ten-year extension of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and ensures competition in program to end modern slavery grant awards. The bill also includes new critical provisions, described below.
- Public-private sector accountability in counter-trafficking efforts at U.S. federal government preferred places of accommodation (hotel and lodging).
- $35 million for Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Trafficking.
International Provisions: Provisions:
- International prevention efforts to include accessible, age-appropriate, and trauma-informed approaches for USAID beneficiaries and encourages further integration of counter- trafficking efforts across the development portfolio.
- Tier standards to clarify language on the special rule for countries on the Tier 2 Watch List; simplify and prioritize reporting to Congress for Tier 2 Watch List countries of concern for the following year; and change Special Watch List to Tier 2 Watch List.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
FREEDOM REQUIRES ACTION Photos | United States Capitol Washington D.C. | 2020