Freedom Requires Action

Take Action Today - effective legislation support

We, the undersigned organizations and stakeholders, including lived experience experts (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 improves the following concerns:

  • Criminal Provisions 
  • Victim Identification
  • 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.

 


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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.

 

ACTION REQUESTED

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.”

Find your representative here.

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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.

TVPRA BACKGROUND

The Frederick Douglass TVPRA bill reauthorizes and enhances successful programs, strengthens laws, and adds accountability. The bill enhances successful programs like grants to assist in recognizing 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 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 programs to end modern slavery grant awards. The bill also includes new critical provisions, described below.

Domestic Provisions:

  • 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.