In February 2013, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act passed Congress. Now that the critical programs and resources created by the law are reauthorized, they need strong funding.
The U.S. government funding to fight international and domestic modern-day slavery accounts for only 0.003 percent of the federal budget. To put that perspective, for every $32 traffickers earn, the U.S. government spends 10 cents prosecuting them, supporting survivors with services, and preventing vulnerable men, women, and children from being enslaved.
This small amount of funding will ensure that the gains that have been made through the passage of the TVPRA are sustained.
Right now, Congress is deciding where limited amounts of money should go. We’re not asking for new money. We just want to ensure that anti-trafficking programs are not cut.
Urge your elected leaders to support robust funding for anti-trafficking programs.
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The International Affairs budget (which is just 1.4 percent of the total federal budget) provides critical, life-saving assistance to combat extreme global poverty, hunger and disease.
Ask Congres to protect this part of the budget from drastic cuts. There are few places in the U.S. federal budget where dollars translate so directly into lives saved.
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