Take action to stop child trafficking

Political games won’t help stop child slavery. But you can.

Published January 14, 2013 at 12:00am PST

There are more than 20 million men, women, and children enslaved in the world today, including in the United States.

Join with us as we call on Congress to take leadership in the fight against global child trafficking.

No more congressional inaction

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) — the cornerstone of all U.S. efforts to combat modern-day slavery — created the first comprehensive federal law to address modern-day slavery in the United States and around the world.

This law works to prevent trafficking, protect survivors, and prosecute offenders. Every few years, the law needs to be reauthorized, allowing innovations and improvements to be added to adapt to the changing nature of human trafficking and tactics of traffickers.

In 2003, 2005, and 2008, the reauthorization passed Congress unanimously. But on October 1, 2011, this important piece of legislation, the largest piece of anti-trafficking legislation in U.S. history, expired as a result of congressional inaction and partisanship.

This failure threatens U.S. global leadership in the fight against modern-day slavery and jeopardizes the progress made over the last decade. Though the laws stay on the books without a current, authorized bill, the programs, taskforces, and projects do not have to receive any funding from Congress. This leaves critical components of the legislation at risk.

Last year, the Senate version of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) had the most bipartisan cosponsors of any bill in Congress — a direct result of citizen advocacy. But despite widespread bipartisan support, the bill failed to pass the Senate because of partisanship and inaction. In the House, there was no bipartisan version of the TVPRA.

Act now

Call your members of Congress and urge them to support the reintroduction and swift passage of the TVPRA. Use our call form to look up the phone numbers of your members, preview a recommended call script, and log your call with us.