Protect Victims of Human Trafficking
General Synod 27 called on congregations in the UCC to address the issue of human trafficking through prayer, education and action. We invite you to use this time to review the facts associated
with the crime of trafficking and renew your commitment to ending sex
trafficking, forced labor, slavery, debt bondage, and other aspects of trafficking
in persons. These heinous crimes exploit
as many as 25 million women, men, and children worldwide.
As people of faith, we are called to work to end this
moral scourge by calling on our political leaders to strengthen U.S. efforts to
eradicate trafficking in persons. There
is much that Congress can do, beginning with reauthorization of the Trafficking
Victims Protection Act (TVPRA). Sadly, over
the past year, Congress lacked the political will to reauthorize this vital
piece of legislation.
For more than a decade, Congress successfully
reauthorized the TVPRA. In
2012, however, our elected officials let this critical legislation expire,
placing vital services to victims and important anti-trafficking initiatives in
jeopardy. The TVPA is an essential and comprehensive federal law addressing
human trafficking and modern-day slavery. It includes provisions that address both
the domestic and international dimensions of trafficking, such as funding
services for survivors, strengthening law enforcement, and preventing U.S. aid
to countries that use child soldiers. Reauthorization of the TVPA ensures that the U.S. remains a global leader
in addressing the many facets of trafficking here and abroad.
Act now: Ask Congress to reauthorize the
Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
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