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Anyone can be an advocate.
It’s as simple as telling your friends about an issue that you are passionate about.
Or, go a step further and urge your lawmakers to take action.
Partner with us as we speak up for children in poverty who are vulnerable to serious threats like child trafficking and deadly yet preventable diseases.
We’ll send you monthly updates about issues like human trafficking and child health.
We’ll also alert you to urgent action opportunities.
Ad-vo-ca-cy: noun, To take action for another.
Jesus Christ is the model and basis for our advocacy — namely, His identification with the poor, the afflicted, the oppressed, and the marginalized.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. — Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)
As Christians and Americans, we enjoy great freedom in our access to elected officials. By advocating with us, you have the chance to make a meaningful difference by influencing government policy, legislation, U.S. foreign aid, and public opinion.
Whether you participate on your own or with your church, school, place of work, or community organization, advocacy will be a rewarding experience.
Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. — Psalm 82:3-4 (NIV)
Learn more about an issue you’re passionate about, like child health or child trafficking.
Contact your elected representatives. We make it easy. You just call or email using our script or form.
When your voice joins with others, those in power listen and enact laws that help the poor and vulnerable. See examples of just laws passed because of advocates like you.
Today, nearly 19,000 children under 5 will die of preventable causes.
Many are newborns in their first month of life. Almost all of these children die of treatable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria.
We refuse to accept that five is a child’s lifetime.
Beyond 5 is our advocacy campaign calling for global action to protect children from deadly yet avoidable diseases.
Visit www.worldvision.org/beyond5 to learn more about the campaign, follow our blog, and sign up to receive updates and alerts for timely action opportunities.
Together, we can help babies and toddlers stay alive to celebrate their fifth birthdays — and beyond. Join us!
Child trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is the use of fraud, force, or coercion to exploit a child for profit.
A child does not need to be transported anywhere to be considered a victim of trafficking.
Human trafficking occurs in every country in the world, including the United States.
An estimated 5.5 million children are trafficked annually (pdf) for forced child labor and sexual exploitation.
Child trafficking takes many forms, including:
Commercial sexual exploitation
Mining and quarrying
Garment and textile manufacturing
Hospitality and tourism
Children working in forced labor often work in dangerous, dirty, and degrading jobs.
Children are also trafficked for sexual exploitation. Many are sold into prostitution to pay off family debts or forcibly recruited to work in brothels, where they may be required to have sex with as many as 30 men each day.
Some prostituted children are just 5 years old.
Congress recently passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, a comprehensive law to address international and domestic human trafficking.
Now we need to ensure that Congress keeps the commitments made in the bill by funding programs that provide services for trafficking survivors, strengthen law enforcement and prosecution, and support prevention programs, both domestically and internationally.
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.
For every $32 traffickers earn by exploiting a person, the U.S. government spends 10 cents combating this exploitation. It accounts for just 0.003 percent of the federal budget.
You can bridge the gap between the children and families in need, and those who have the power to change their situation and diminish their poverty. Here's how:
Pray. Lift up children and families in difficult circumstances.
Speak up. Amplify the voices of vulnerable children by communicacting with your lawmakers.
Donate. Give a gift to help bring sustainable change to children and families in poverty.
Listed below are several ways you can advocate for and support children vulnerable to exploitation and preventable disease.
And be sure to sign up to receive our monthly newsletter, filled with updates about issues like human trafficking and child health and urgent action opportunities.
Join us in praying for the health of all children. Consider using our Beyond 5 prayer guide to direct your prayers.
Pray for children who are being harmed by child labor and exploitation. Pray for people trying to help these children, and pray for a transformation of those who are forcing children into these roles.
Speak up for clean water for every child. Dirty water and inadequate sanitation access, combined with other hygiene issues, cause the deaths of more than 4,000 children under the age of 5 every day. Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Water for the World Act. Visit beyond5.org to learn more.
Call on Congress to fight child trafficking. Urge them to support robust funding to fight modern-day slavery.
Voice your support for international assistance. Making up just 1.4 percent of the total federal budget, the international affairs budget provides critical, life-saving assistance to combat extreme global poverty, hunger, and disease.
Donate to help keep children healthy. You can give to provide bed nets that prevent malaria, provide a new mother and baby kit, or sponsor a baby or toddler and help provide all the basics needed for a healthy childhood.
Give monthly to support children affected by exploitation. Help provide interventions like safe shelter, food, medical care, and trauma recovery assistance for children affected by trafficking and exploitation.
Read about some of the ways we have promoted change, for the better, with your help!
On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2013 into law. As the largest piece of human rights legislation to pass the Congress, it comprehensively addresses the domestic and international dimensions of human trafficking.
For more than two years, World Vision advocates and others called, wrote letters, and met with their members of Congress to ensure that critical anti-trafficking programs and funding were protected.
SIgned into law in 2008, the Child Soldier Prevention Act was passed to ensure that U.S. taxpayer money will never fund the use of child soldiers abroad.
Some 12,000 citizen advocates contributed to this success by contacting their members of Congress to express support for this bill.
Signed into law in 2004, the Northern Uganda Crisis Response Act, supported a peaceful resolution to the decades-long conflict, called on the U.S. to work with the Ugandan government and the international community to provide humanitarian aid and development assistance, and called for increased protection of displaced civilians, particularly women and children.
Signed by President Bush in 2003 the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief approved $15 billion for AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Programs funded by the legislation helped prolong the lives of 2 million people infected with AIDS, as well as prevent 7 million additional infections and care for children orphaned and made vulnerable by the disease.
Legislation to prohibit the import of so-called "conflict diamonds" — gems mined in African nations that help to fund human rights abuses — was signed into law in 2003.
The bill was designed to choke off a key funding source for rebel groups in Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and other nations.
In April 2003, Congress passed the PROTECT Act (Prosecuting Remedies and Tools Against the Exploitation of Children Today Act of 2003) to provides new tools to protect children from sexual exploitation. The law established the national systems to recover abducted children, included stronger laws to combat child pornography and exploitation, increased penalties for sex offenses against children, and included important enhancements to current "sex tourism" laws.
World Vision advocated for these changes to current U.S. law in order to better protect children from American pedophiles that travel to poor countries to engage in sex with minors.
President Bush signed the Sudan Peace Act into law in October 2001. The legislation provided aid to Sudanese citizens, required the United States to monitor peace negotiations, and allowed for sanctions if Khartoum interferes with humanitarian efforts.