[serialposts]Eleven years ago the United States government enacted one of the largest, most important, pieces of human-rights legislation in U.S. history. Known as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), it was the first federal law that sought to comprehensively address human trafficking and modern-day slavery. It not only targeted the more commonly known international aspects but also the more hidden domestic aspects of human trafficking. The law seeks to do three things:
- Prevent vulnerability
- Protect survivors
- Prosecute human traffickers
Thanks to this law and great advocacy work being done nationwide, the issue of human trafficking is becoming less hidden. As more people become aware of modern-day slavery occurrences, more offenders are caught and prosecuted. More victims are rescued. More lives are changed.
Sounds great right?
It is. But there’s a catch. The current law is set to expire on September 30. Yup – that’s right – in just 10 days. Unless Congress enacts a new law before then, all the work that is being done to eradicate modern-day slavery will be stunted. All the work that’s already been done will be for nothing.
As of right now, the legislation is still in Committee in both the House and the Senate. But you can help! Take a moment to review theand then and ask them to support it.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Well, Congress is a little busy right now. I really hate to bother them with this.” In all honesty – isn’t this piece of legislation more important than anything else Congress is doing right now? This piece of legislation is all about saving lives.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be exploring the issue of human trafficking and modern-day slavery a little more. We have lots of exciting posts planned for you including:
- A personal reflection on the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report
- An exclusive interview with Nita Belles, author of In Our Backyard
- Thoughts on Not in My Town by Dillon Burroughs and Charles Powell
- A review of controversial film The Whistleblower
- Thoughts on how you can help stop human trafficking
- And more…
You can check out a story about how the current legislation is working, and track the . Stay tuned, and don’t forget to !
Do you have a story to share about human trafficking or modern-day slavery? Have you had an experience that has really opened your eyes to the issues of human trafficking and modern-day slavery? Please share your thoughts in the comments, or let me know if you’d like to write aabout your experiences.