Urge the Senate to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act
Freedom happens now –Polaris Project
In partnership with Polaris Project I urge all conscious citizens to join myself, Polaris and all those teams that are combating human trafficking in our cities, in our nation and in our world. Tim Ballard of Operation Underground Railroad, a commando jump team that rescues victims of human trafficking and slavery, states that in the 21 Century, there are more people enslaved to the evil forces than at anytime in world history. According to the Global Slave Index, 45.8 million people are enslaved in the world today. Polaris says 20.9 million of those victims are human trafficked into sex slaves and labor slaves.
We must stop this enormous evil of human trafficking and slavery and drive it to the halls of justice where our courts can put these predators of human beings away for a long, long time. Predators who prey on women and children, and men who fall victim and vulnerable. We must all join forces if we are conscious citizens and ensure that no human being is denied their inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by another. We must ensure that no evil force takes away the freedom and independence of any citizen of our nation or of another. We must ensure that no evil predator is preying upon our citizens or citizens of the world. That no human being on this planet is denied their inalienable human rights. We can only ensure that message by standing strong and together in a resounding voice to our government legislators and executive officials that we have zero tolerance for human trafficking and slavery. We can send that message today to our federal Senators to strengthen anti-human trafficking programs. All citizens deserve freedom. No citizen deserves slavery. We must not allow the issues of human trafficking, sexual and labor slavery, human rights violators that kidnap and imprison and sell men, women and children for sexual and labor slaves be less than our priority. We must not.
U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has recently spoken out about his will and dedication in combating human trafficking. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in July to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Now we must suggest to our senators to do the same. Our nation is faced with a lot of decisions that will compete for the dollars from our budget. We must not let our nation’s most precious commodity–our people–be left behind to be victimized by predators and slavemasters. The Polaris Project reaches out to help those victims of human predators.
Keeli Sorensen, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy at Polaris, has sent supporters notice of the Traffic Victims Protection Act expiring in 2017. Polaris has formulated easy communication for supporters, advocates and others to join in on our efforts to encourage our senators to likewise reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. To also reaffirm our priorities in our human interests–our people.
Human trafficker combaters and anti-slavery fighters all across the nation unite to direct their senators to reaffirm the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and protect our nations most valuable assets, our people, and especially the children. Our people deserve justice and justice our people shall be served. Because Polaris put together a superb communication for our senators, I forward them below. Please contact your own senators using the Polaris pre-designed letter I sent my senators or draft your own with similar communication. The next human trafficking victim or slavery target may be someone you know. Act now. It only takes a little bit of your time. Contact your senators and save another human from being trafficked or enslaved.
Today’s e-mail notice 1421 hours 24 August 2017:
This morning, Polaris experienced technology issues that were unfortunately outside of our control. As a result, many of our advocates were unable to take action after receiving the email below.
This issue is so important, we decided to send the message again. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act will expire if the United States Senate fails to act. Urge your senators to strengthen and reauthorize the TVPA today!
Thank you for your patience and support.
– Keeli Sorensen
Earlier e-mail 0733 hours 24 August 2017:
On July 12, the United States House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Now our attention turns toward the Senate.
Act Now: Protect the progress we’ve made over fifteen years. Urge Congress to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
You’ve seen it in the news, tragic stories of adults and children, victims of human trafficking, transported by semi-trailer in deadly heat. We at Polaris hear similar stories daily at the National Human Trafficking Hotline we operate.
Unfortunately, the criminal networks who exploit people through force, fraud, and coercion for forced labor or commercial sex are becoming more sophisticated in their approaches and are increasing the scope of their activities. There’s never been a more important time to strengthen and reauthorize the TVPA.
Urge the Senate to make reauthorizing the TVPA a priority.
For fifteen years we have made strides in protecting victims of human trafficking. This wouldn’t have been possible without your help and the collaboration of policymakers, service providers, and law enforcement. TVPA is the law that forms the legal foundation of these efforts and must be reauthorized.
If we don’t act, this important law could lapse – resulting in more tragic trafficking stories. Ask the Senate to reauthorize the TVPA today.
Director of Government Relations and Public Policy
P.O. Box 65323
Washington, D.C. 20036
Polaris Project Human Trafficking Statistics
Polaris Project Human Trafficking Statistics
“There is no corner of New Jersey or the United States that is not touched by the exploitation of human trafficking.” –Kate Keisel, Director of Polaris Project New Jersey (Reports of human trafficking to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.)
National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888
Polaris BeFree Textline Text “BeFree” (233733)
“For a world without slavery.” –Polaris Project
The Polaris generated letters to Senators. (The following are the letters I sent to Nevada’s Senators. Each sent separately, one to Senator Heller, one to Senator Cortez Masto.) Here’s mine:
Sen. Dean Heller
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto
Reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act
I urge you to prioritize the fight to end human trafficking by maintaining critical federal programs that combat trafficking and support victims. I ask that you work to support victims and survivors, service providers and law enforcement by advancing a holistic, anti-trafficking response which promotes effective prosecution of traffickers, assistance for victims, and thoughtful prevention efforts.
First and foremost, I urge you to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). We have made great strides since the TVPA was first passed into law in 2000, and we need your ongoing leadership with this legislation. In addition, we need to accomplish the following in 2017:
* Prosecution: Because trafficking is currently a low-risk, high-profit business, organized, sophisticated criminal networks have developed the capability to operate both nationally and internationally. Serious prosecution efforts will require that federal agencies have adequate funding to properly investigate and dismantle these large-scale organizations.
* Protection: Victims of human trafficking still need greater protection. Supporting the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act, the SOAR to Health and Wellness Act, and providing funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline and local service providers enables survivors to get help and stay safe.
* Prevention: In order to prevent human trafficking, we need to support efforts like the Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act, which works to improve data collection methods to understand the scope, size, and systems of modern slavery. More accurate data collection and improving the transparency of temporary visa systems can help us better understand how traffickers are leading people into forced labor or commercial sex against their will.
* Partnerships: We must build stronger cross-border collaboration across North America and beyond to stop traffickers and support survivors. International partnerships between governments and NGOs to share resources, data, and strategies are critical, because a global problem requires a global response.
I won’t back down in the fight against human trafficking, and I urge you to support these efforts as well.
The fight has just begun. Won’t you join us? We ask for your help. Be on the good team, and sleep better at night. Contact your senators and contribute what you can to the organizations listed on this page and at Sunrise Mountain Publishing that fights human trafficking, slavery, and searches for missing persons, victims of violence, crime and evil predators. In addition to funding anti-human trafficking and anti-slavery missions, your purchase of my books also helps support teams who conducts ground searches and recovery, digging suspected burial sites, and deploying underwater search and recovery for victims of evil and tragedy. Our teams supports rescue, recovery and refuge of victims of evil and tragedy. You can’t be on a better team than that.