Millions of children around the world are trafficked and enslaved through forced labor, sexual exploitation, and child-soldiering. This is a human wrong. Learn more about how you can continue to Right This Human Wrong in 2011!
World Vision spent the last year mobilizing our advocates and communities to right the human wrong of child slavery by advocating for the Child Protection Compact Act (CPCA). Our collective action has forced Congress to pay attention!
As the Human Wrong Initiative enters a new phase and a new session of Congress begins, we will need your voices for another vital piece of legislation: the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).
In 2000, Congress enacted the original Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the largest piece of human rights legislation ever passed by Congress. The TVPA is the centerpiece of U.S. anti-trafficking policies, and it must be reauthorized every three years. In 2011, it will be up for reauthorization.
In order to ensure that U.S. policies against slavery are as strong as possible, both internationally and here in the United States, we must work to get the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act passed in both the House and the Senate. Laws like the Child Protection Compact Act only work within the framework of the TVPRA, so the reauthorization of this bill is critical.
This year, World Vision’s student activist group, ACT:S, is spearheading the Human Wrong Initiative and continuing the fight against child slavery by helping World Vision launch a new program called the Child Safety Net Project in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is a human trafficking hotspot. Women and children are trafficked to India and Pakistan for sexual exploitation and forced labor; boys as young as 4 years old are abducted or taken under false pretenses to work as camel jockeys in the Middle East. Within the country itself, women and girls from rural areas are trafficked for sexual or domestic servitude.
Starting now, funds raised through the Human Wrong Initiative will support World Vision’s Child Safety Net Project, which will work with communities and the government to fight slavery on multiple fronts. Through a mass media campaign to draw attention to the issue of child exploitation, the project will mobilize community groups to stand up and take action.
The program will help increase coordination and capacity among non-governmental organizations and other anti-trafficking groups, support the rescue and rehabilitation of victims, and encourage community advocacy to for stronger anti-slavery laws and child protection systems. The goal is to provide a seamless safety net of protection so that no survivor of slavery falls through the cracks, and all perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes.
Most importantly, what World Vision is doing in Bangladesh parallels the work of all Human Wrong advocates here in the United States. Together with thousands of others, you can help increase awareness on the issue of child trafficking and urge people around you to raise their voices and take action to right this Human Wrong.
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