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Take advocacy action against human and child trafficking

UNICEF works in more than 150 countries to help children survive and to protect them from violence, exploitation, and abuse. To combat child trafficking, UNICEF strives to reduce factors that place children and families at risk in the first place. In June 2017, Senators Grassley (R-IA), Cornyn (R-TX), Feinstein (D-CA), and Klobuchar (D-MN), introduced key legislation that would build upon the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act would enhance federal efforts to address child trafficking. S. 1311 and S. 1312 create new protections for human trafficking victims, help ensure prosecutions for perpetrators, and strengthen systems to prevent human trafficking from occurring in the first place.

Fantastic News! The Senate passed this anti-trafficking legislation on September 11, 2017. Take this time to thank them for their efforts.

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Letter to Congress

Subject: Thank you for strengthening the U.S. Government's efforts to end trafficking

Dear Member of Congress:

I am writing to thank you for supporting the U.S. Government’s efforts to end human trafficking, by passing S. 1311 and S. 1312.

Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 U.S. states. Human trafficking can take a variety of forms, including domestic work, agriculture, traveling sales crews, and commercial sexual exploitation. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, nearly 38 percent of the 7,500 cases of trafficking it confirmed in 2016 involved a child victim.

S.1311 and S.1312, bipartisan bills introduced by Senators Grassley (R-IA), Cornyn (R-TX), Feinstein (D-CA), and Klobuchar (D-MN), reauthorize and build upon the groundbreaking Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Notably, these bills specifically enhance federal efforts to address child trafficking.  They create new protections for trafficking victims, help ensure prosecutions for perpetrators, and strengthen systems to prevent trafficking from occurring in the first place.

As a UNICEF supporter, I am deeply concerned with the issue of human trafficking.  I commend the bipartisan effort to fight human trafficking, and thank you for joining your colleagues to pass S. 1311 and S. 1312.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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