Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Sign-on Letter to Senate 1/23/08

Dear Chairman Leahy, Chairman Biden, Ranking Member Specter, Ranking Member Lugar and Ranking Member Brownback,

The undersigned anti-trafficking service providers, advocates, scholars, civil and human rights lawyers and other individuals are writing in support of your leadership in the development of a strong bill reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). We are pleased with the majority of the House bill, H.R. 3887, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007. However, we are extremely concerned that several provisions will lead to harmful unintended consequences. We urge you to consider these concerns as you craft the Senate reauthorization bill.

The collective expertise and experience of the signatories to this letter is notable. Many of us have assisted trafficked persons with their legal, social, psychological and family issues; worked on issues of violence against women, participated in the development of the TVPA as well as the UN Trafficking Protocol; written extensively about trafficking and related issues; and opposed slavery and forced labor in all forms within the United States and abroad. As such, we share a profound concern about the desperate situation of immigrants and citizens who are trafficked into and within the U.S. We know that you also have the same concerns and so we would like to share the following thoughts about certain provisions in H.R. 3887.

Please view the attached PDF for the full text and list of signatories: tvpra-senate-letter-1-23-08.pdf

7 Responses

  1. hey stacey, can you tell me where to find the full pdf? i dont see a link.. xo shira

  2. Yes, I had some tech problems. Melissa taught me how to fix it earlier and when I’m on my own computer tomorrow I will be able to re-post the pdf. You can email me directly and I’ll send you the doc: stacey@desireealliance.org

    Thanks for everybody’s patience while I’m learning the blog stuff!

  3. I want to sign too. I’ve been unsure on what to do regarding these proposed changes. “Being political” is not something I’m used to.

    XX

  4. Okay, I think the pdf is working now. Let me know if you can’t access it.

    Amanda- Sorry for any confusion, this letter was already signed and submitted. See the pdf for all of the org’s. SWOP is on there.

  5. Beautifully prepared! Women’s Reentry Network – WREN in Tucson AZ. is backing this proposal. This amended section is for lack of a better word- scary.

  6. Meant to say it before, but got several-days sidetracked: The letter is wonderful. If you want it circulated for additional sending/signing-on please let me know and I’ll post it as a “Sex Act(ivism)” piece on Sex in the Public Square.

    In solidarity,
    Elizabeth

  7. Elizabeth, please do feel free to cross-post!

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