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Take Action Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Anti-Trafficking Legislation

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking is one of the most profitable forms of transnational crime in our modern world. Recent reports indicate that there are more than 21 million people who are victims of forced labor, 19 million victims exploited by private individuals and enterprises, and that this illicit industry generates $150 billion profits in the U.S. alone.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, provides the tools to combat trafficking in persons both worldwide and domestically. The Act authorized the establishment of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to assist in the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts.  The most recent reauthorization of TVPA passed in 2013 as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act. It expired in September. 

In late September, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Trafficking Victims Protection (TVPA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S.1862), which focuses on strengthening the most recent TVPA and improve U.S. global leadership in international efforts to combat human trafficking.   It authorizes critical U.S. programs to combat trafficking internationally for the next six years.  It is awaiting passage in the Senate.

Four other pieces of legislation have also been introduced in the House and Senate that would update and reauthorize provisions from the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. These four additional bills focus mainly on creating domestic infrastructure to combat human trafficking.

“Both the House and Senate versions of the Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017 (S. 1311/ H.R. 2803) include a critical provision to establish Human Trafficking Justice Coordinators in all U.S. Attorney’s offices across the country. Currently, many prosecutors don’t have the time and resources to tackle the growing number of trafficking cases. Perpetrators, therefore, face very little risk of being caught or convicted. A designated prosecutor would build a collaborative effort between federal, state, and local law enforcement and victim service providers to effectively investigate and prosecute complex trafficking cases.

The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2200) enacts a similar provision and calls for increased transparency into enforcement of the Tariff Act ban on imports made with forced labor. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017 (S.1312), introduced by Senators Grassley and Feinstein in June, reauthorizes critical anti-trafficking programs at the Departments of Justice and Labor.”1

Please contact your members of congress and urge them to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S 1812) as well as the additional bills to help strengthen the efforts to fight human trafficking!


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