The 2011 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) was introduced in the House yesterday – so it’s important now more than ever to keep pressure on our Representatives to pass this vital legislation! The TVPRA is one of the cornerstones of the United States’ anti-trafficking efforts, and represents a ray of hope for any man, woman, or child who is trafficked.
Initially signed into law in 2000, the Act must be reauthorized every few years. The current TVPRA expires on September 30, and it is critical that the reauthorization be signed before this date to ensure that the United States keeps up a consistent and comprehensive approach to fighting human trafficking. This act will protect victims in cases such as this one, where a man forced a sixteen-year-old girl into prostitution, keeping her starving in motels and beating her to ensure she would not escape.
World Vision has declared that if the Act is not signed, efforts to fight against human trafficking will end on October 1. The pressure is on to ensure that Congress knows that this bill needs to be authorized. We need your help to ensure that this happens.
Here’s what you can do right now to help support the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act:
1. Keep following the blog and Polaris Project’s Twitter and Facebook page for updated information on the bill’s progress.
2. Use social media to your advantage – read our how to guide related to the Senate version of this bill.
3. Share this blog post with a friend.