August 30, 2011 (Washington, DC)
– The House introduced its version of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) today (HR-2830), which if not renewed would effectively end the United States’ fight against human trafficking
, says the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision
"The Trafficking Victims Protection Act
(PDF) is hugely influential in giving other countries the support they need to step up their fight against trafficking," said Jesse Eaves, World Vision's policy advisor for children in crisis. "It is the best diplomatic tool we have, and if it is not renewed, the United States' fight against trafficking will end on October 1."
World Vision is calling on Congress to support this bipartisan legislation immediately, ensuring that there is no gap in the fight to stop modern-day slavery.
The TVPA, first signed into law in 2000, is the cornerstone of U.S. policies against modern day slavery. It created the first comprehensive federal law to address human trafficking, with a focus on both the domestic and international dimensions of the crime.
The methods of human traffickers are constantly evolving and the law must evolve with them. In order to do this, the TVPA must be renewed every few years. Each time the bill is renewed, innovations and improvements are added. The current Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act expires on September 30, 2011. .
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