The Trafficking Victims Protection Act is on the line.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) establishes the federal framework for combatting human trafficking. It provides protections for trafficking victims, and funds much-needed services for victims and federal law enforcement efforts. The TVPA was passed in 2000, and strengthened and reauthorized every 5 years since.

However, if the TVPRA (Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act) is not passed this year, protections in place since 2000 will expire.

Four bills comprise the bi-partisan package that re-authorizes the TVPA, awaiting passage.

Two bills (HR 2200 and S.1862) fund services for victims outside the U.S. Two other bills, S.1311 and S.1312, fund services for victims here in the U.S. And it's these two bills that are being held up by Senators Schumer and Menendez.

Together, this bill package will strengthen and improve the United States’ response to both domestic and international human trafficking. We cannot let these efforts be divided—the entire package must be cleared together, or else the TVPRA risks expiration.

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Call, email, or tweet Senators Menendez and Schumer to urge them to release the full package of bi-partisan Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act bills (S.1311, S.1312, HR 2200 and S.1862) so that essential services and protections for victims of human trafficking are preserved and improved.

Email:

Dear Senator Schumer/Menendez,

I am writing to urge you to release the full package of bi-partisan Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act bills (S.1311,S.1312, HR 2200 and S.1862) so that essential services and protections for victims of human trafficking are preserved and improved. Together, this bill package will strengthen and improve the United States’ response to both domestic and international human trafficking. We cannot let these efforts be divided—the entire package must be passed together. With protections for human trafficking victims hanging in the balance, please release the full bi-partisan package of trafficking bills today!

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My name is _____ and I live/work in _________. I care deeply about ensuring protections for victims of human trafficking and I am calling to ask Senator Menendez/Schumer to release all 4 bills in the TVPRA bill package(S.1311, S.1312, HR 2200, S.1862) today. It is critically important thatSenator Menendez/Schumer help ensure this critical legislation is passed and sent to the President for his signature as soon as possible so that essential services and protections for trafficking victims are preserved and improved.

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Chuck Schumer
D - New York
Bob Menendez
D-New Jersey

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