Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Because Small Things Matter in Big Ways

I have little patience for politics. For years, I've disengaged because I can't find a home within either party. Political banter usually sends me straight into shut down mode. Seriously, I think an actual glaze may form over my eyes. The more I learn about human trafficking though, the more I realize this is no longer acceptable. Legislation is absolutely necessary to fight for the most vulnerable. I'm slowly approaching this new table, wondering if there could be room for someone like me - a reluctant participant who is willing to lend her voice if it'll mean giving voice to those who can't fight for themselves. I can only hope those who hold power will listen.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which will renew the Trafficking Protection Act of 2000, must pass before Congress ajourns at the end of the year. The original bill established the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Person. The annual Trafficking in Persons Report, establishes a global minimum standard for confronting trafficking and slavery, which has been our government's most important asset for fighting trafficking internationally. This tiered system provides leverage when a foreign government is unresponsive to demand to end abuses. The legislation also serves to provide domestic funding for assistance programs for survivors. 

IJM has organized a National Call-in Day to pass the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) for TODAY, September 4th. All you have to do is call your senators and ask them to make passing this legislation a priority. IJM makes it simple by providing a script, as well as the phone numbers of your senators. Pass the word around by tagging 10 people on facebook and asking them to participate. 

It's so ridiculously simple.

If you live in FL, I'll even give you the phone numbers to call: 

Senator (R-FL) Marco Rubio's Office
Phone: 202-224-3041
Senator (D-FL) Bill Nelson's Office
Phone: 202-224-5274

Here's what you'll see when you go to the IJM page:

TAKE ACTION: National Call-in Day to Pass the TVPRA on September 4!

Abolitionists around the country have been advocating for the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) – bi-partisan legislation that will sustain life-saving programs that fight human trafficking at home and abroad.
This legislation must pass before Congress adjourns at the end of the year. On September 4, IJM, the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), and abolitionists around the country are mobilizing for the National Call-In Day to Pass the TVPRA!
There are many issues competing for your Senators' attention right now, so they need to hear from constituents who care about ending modern-day slavery to make the TVPRA a priority. Let's work together to generate 3,000 calls – from all 50 states. Will you help us?


September 4 - Make and Log your Call!

Making the call is easier than you think. Enter your zip code to look up the phone numbers for your Senators, and use the script below to make your phone call (feel free to personalize it!). It only takes 2 minutes!

Sample Call-In Day Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [City, State]. I’m calling to ask Senator [NAME] to support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S.1301). This bill would help to combat human trafficking in the United States and around the world, something I really care about, and I would like the Senate to vote on it as soon as possible. Would you please pass my message on to the Senator? Thank you!"
We want to keep track of how many calls have been made to each senator's office, so after you've taken action, let us know! When you enter your zip code and click "Find Senators," the call log form will appear. Enter your name and email, and click "Log my calls!"


Spread The Word

Our goal is to generate 3,000 calls from all 50 states, but we need your help to reach that number. Tell your friends that you took action by sharing this through social media.

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