I need you to call your member of the House of Representatives today. Why? Earlier in the month, the Senate passed (with bipartisan support) the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This bill included the complete Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act as an amendment, which means the passage of VAWA will not just support victims of domestic violence but also the fight against modern day slavery.
VAWA is likely to be voted on in the House tomorrow, February 28th. We need you to call your member of Congress and ask them to vote for the Senate version of VAWA and not support an alternate House version that does not include TVPRA.
Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Ask to speak with your representative and say: As a constituent, I urge the Representative to vote for final passage of the Senate’s inclusive, bipartisan version of the Violence Against Women Act (S. 47), and to reject any substitutions or amendments offered that would compromise victim services for young women, immigrants, native women or LGBT people. S. 47 also includes the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. Victims of modern-day slavery cannot wait any longer for this cornerstone of the American fight against human trafficking to be passed. Please vote NO on the Substitute Amendment to S.47 and YES on the final passage of S. 47.
T'ruah is the leading Jewish organization calling for the reauthorization of the TVPRA. This legislation, the cornerstone of the American fight against modern day slavery, expired in September, 2011, and critical services for victims of trafficking are risk without it.
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster
Director of North American Programs