Human Trafficking in America and around the world. It's victims cannot wait any longer.
But right now, Washington politics is preventing an important law - The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) - from taking affect.
The law, which defines and governs of all aspects of human trafficking in America, needs to be updated for appropriations every few years. This gives lawmakers the opportunity to make improvements and needed changes to the legislation. However, like every opportunity in Washington D.C., it also brings out the most frustrating aspects of our government’s bureaucracy and political strife.
Right now there are two bills working to reauthorize TVPA, one each coming from the Senate and the Congress. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.B. 1301 and Rep. Christopher Smith [R-NJ] introduced H.B. 2830. Both bills were reported out of Committee within days of each other in October, 2011. And then all progress stopped.
Because now, WE THE PEOPLE are demanding that this life-saving legislation be passed. Yes, with the explosion of animosity in Washington D.C. politics now may not be the time to try for better legislation in the area of human trafficking. But if not now, when? If not us, then who?
The singular goal of THIS CAUSE is to flood the offices of lawmakers with one single message - PASS THIS LAW NOW.