Friday, July 16, 2010

Call to Action: Support Critical Legislation to Protect Victims and End Sex Trafficking in the US

Please join us in supporting two critical federal human trafficking bills:

“Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010” (H.R.5575)

"The Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2009" (S.2925)

What the Bills Will Do:

These bipartisan bills will help provide holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to bring law enforcement, non-profits and agencies together to combat the commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children in the US. Block grants will fund collaborative programs in up to six regionally diverse areas across the U.S. Each grant will help increase victim services while increasing law enforcement resources to investigate and prosecute traffickers. Outreach and awareness efforts are also supported. The bill also makes improvements to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system which can better track homeless and runaway youth who are extremely vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation.

What You Can Do:

Please see the two attached documents (from Polaris Project) on how to contact your representatives and advocate for each bill. Sample messages are included in the documents.