The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, or TVPRA, is currently languishing in Congress, just sitting there waiting to be brought to a vote. This critical bill will save lives in the U.S. and around the world by bolstering federal efforts to fight all forms of human trafficking. (Learn more about the TVPRA here.) But this bill isn’t going to move itself! Our senators and representatives need to hear from you that human trafficking is an important issue to their constituents! Here are some resources to help you get the word out.
- Print and mail in two copies of this sample letter, one to each of your Senators. It’s pretty much ready to go; all you need to do is fill in a couple blanks and then print it out. (You can find your senators’ names and addresses at the Senate website.)
- Call your senator and ask for their support of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. They will probably ask you for the bill number–it’s S.1301. Their numbers are listed at the Senate link above.
- Don’t have time to write or call? Here’s a ready-to-send email in support of the TVPRA. This will just take 30 seconds to fill out and send in, and then 10 more to share on Facebook or Twitter!
Be sure to check whether your senators have already signed on to the bill as cosponsors. If they have, please still go ahead and call them just to say thanks! If you live in Arizona, neither Senator McCain nor Senator Kyl has pledged their support yet, and in fact, Senator Kyl voted against the bill when it came before his Senate Judiciary Committee last year. Thankfully he was outvoted and the bill moved forward anyway, but it’s especially important that we convince him in particular to change his vote on this issue, since he wields great influence in the Senate.
Thanks for your support!
“A snowflake might not look like much, but if you put enough of them together, you can stop traffic.” –Rick Warren