There are an
estimated 27 million slaves in the world today and, according to the
International Labor Organization, nearly half are children under the age of 18.
UNICEF estimates that there are nearly 2 million children exploited in the
commercial sex trade worldwide.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can help
stop these crimes. Ask your Members of Congress to support increased foreign
assistance for the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Office, the nerve
center of all U.S. anti-trafficking efforts worldwide.
Please support the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Dear Member of Congress:
The U.S. State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (the TIP Office) is our government's most important asset for combating modern-day slavery. TIP's skilled diplomats monitor the crime and press governments around the world to confront it. TIP grants made to organizations like International Justice Mission have resulted in the rescue and rehabilitation of thousands of survivors of sex trafficking and labor slavery, and the prosecution and conviction of hundreds of traffickers, pimps and slave-owners.
To keep pace with the rapid growth of slavery around the world, I respectfully request that you take steps to strengthen the TIP Office, including:
* Protect the TIP Office budget from budget cuts.* Add experts to TIP's staff who can respond immediately to major disasters like the Haiti earthquake that put children and women at heightened risk of exploitation.* Provide resources to help designated focus countries build their justice systems so that trafficking in children can be eliminated entirely.* Strengthen programs to help governments in South Asia confront bonded labor, which enslaves millions of poor men, women and children.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]