This week’s national call-in day to the U.S. Senate was a resounding success. Participation by anti-slavery supporters was so great that it’s taken a few days to add it all up.
Here’s the bottom line: THOUSANDS of people contacted their U.S. senators and asked them to support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).
Abolitionists from 48 states reached out to let their elected officials know that fighting slavery is important. The only states not represented in this grassroots groundswell were North Dakota and Wyoming.
It’s not too late. If you live in North Dakota or Wyoming, or you know someone who does, get on the phone. Let’s make this a 50-state unanamous declaration of support!
Actually, no matter where you live, it’s never too late to take part in the democratic process. You can keep the momentum alive by reaching out to your U.S. Senators. When thousands of voters contact the U.S. Capitol, it gets the system moving.
What sparked the call-in campaign is the fact that the TVPRA is bottled up in gridlock. This is the single most important anti-trafficking law in the U.S. It authorizes rescues, support for slavery survivors and prosecution of traffickers. It originally passed 12 years ago, but it must be renewed periodically. The law enjoys bipartisan support, but with the election year crush, the current renewal is stuck.
At least it was stuck until the entire anti-slavery movement lit up the phone lines in Washington this week! Again, thanks for your help if you were able to call your senators. If you didn’t have an opportunity, please take 10 minutes to reach out as soon as you can. Here’s the special website with Senate contact information and talking points for your call:
We’ll keep you up to date on what happens to the bill.