A) Human trafficking (particularly child trafficking) - ask them to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which includes some new tools like the Child Protection Compact Act and let the House know that we are disappointed that they have not come to a bipartisan agreement on the bill.
B) International Affairs Budget - thank Congress for showing their commitment to effective global health programs by their strong support for International Affairs Budget 2012 by telling them just how significant foreign assistance is in the lives of the world’s poor, especially the children.
We will also ask that they keep strong numbers for International Affairs Budget in 2013, and that they oppose any further budget cuts to global health programs, which in turn affect child and maternal health (which are part of the UN Millennium Development Goals).
We understand that not everyone can attend the National Conference, but we would love if everyone could be a part of it.
We are asking that you join the Women of Vision in Washington DC on Tuesday, March 6th by calling your Senators and Representatives and sharing the Women of Vision message. We know that when Women of Vision speak, they are heard. We have the power to impact Congress in ways that will improve the lives of women, children and the vulnerable around the world.
What can you do?
- Make 3 Phone Calls: 2 calls to your Senators and 1 call to your House Representative.
To find your 2 Senators:
To find your House Representative:
- Use the following script below that includes additional talking points:
“Good morning/afternoon, my name is ___________, and I’m calling from (city, state).
I am calling to ask Representative/Senator ___________ to support funding for U.S. foreign assistance programs in 2013 and to support the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
Less than 1 percent of our federal budget goes to international programs that save millions of lives each year. Further cuts to humanitarian aid programs would literally put lives at stake. In the budget for fiscal year 2013, please oppose cuts to these vital programs.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act has expired and Congress’ inaction will impact vulnerable children in the US and around the world. Every year, more than 1.2 million children globally are trafficked for their labor. Congress must pass a bipartisan bill in order to protect these children who are at risk.
Do you know Representative/Senator XX’s position on these issues?”
The office will likely ask if you would like a written response (or if they do not, please request one!). Written responses ensure that the issue is tracked internally within the Congressional office and will help raise the profile of your concerns.
- Call & email your friends to do the same!
Heavenly Father, we pray today for the Women of Vision and the World Vision team on Capitol Hill who are speaking with Congress about human trafficking and needed assistance for the world's poor. We pray that the hearts, minds and actions of the Members of Congress reflect your will to care for the poor, neglected and marginalized. Bless this work in you name, Amen.
Thank you all!