By Kristen Johnson
The fight against Human Trafficking continues, each and every day. Polaris, my favorite anti-trafficking organization, sent out two requests today for support for bills in Congress. It takes literally seconds to submit a letter to your Congressional leaders to ask them to support these two very important bills:
Trafficking Victims Protection Act: This act has been alive for 15 years now, but unfortunately it is up for reauthorization this year. (I say unfortunately because it would be a tragedy if this bill does not receive reauthorization.) Luckily, Polaris mentions on their site that their has been a “history of broad bipartisan support for programs that help victims and fight sex and labor trafficking.” Let’s make sure it continues. Write a letter to your member of Congress here: http://act.polarisproject.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=23990.
Trafficking Survivors Relief Act: This is a new bill sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Ann Wagner to enable survivors of trafficking to have their nonviolent criminal convictions erased which resulted from being trafficked. Clearly, this is incredibly important for survivors to continue on with their lives after they have been rescued from trafficking. If people have been trafficked, they are victims, not criminals. Write a letter today to your members of Congress here: http://act.polarisproject.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=23688.
Polaris Project is a fabulous charity with a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator. Please consider helping them continue to fight on behalf of the 20.9 million victims of human trafficking. Donations can be made here: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5417/donate_page/donatenow.
Thank you, as always, to Polaris Project for continuing to keep us informed. The work you do on behalf of victims of trafficking is amazing as is your commitment to ending modern-day slavery.
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NRSV): Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.[a] 9 Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Serve all with love.
Photo courtesy of: stocksnap.io