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Thursday, January 10, 2013

January 11 is Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day!

I was very hopeful last month that my next blog post would be to celebrate the passage of Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).  Sadly, I’m here to share the upsetting news that our 112th Congress failed us and TVPRA did not pass.  This means that we have to start over again (somewhat).  We have to make sure that we clearly send a message to our lawmakers that we will NOT allow them to play politics.  We need to tell them that we want this congress to take an ACTIVE role in fighting modern day slavery!

So how do we do that?  We simply tell them by calling their office.  Yes… the old fashion way of CALLING on the phone.  More than an email or a post on their Facebook wall, they will take notice when they receive phone calls.  If they receive 10 phone calls on the same topic on the same day, then they will pay attention.  We need to ask them to reintroduce TVPRA and to vote on it.  The good news is that 48 of the 56 senators who signed on to be co-sponsors are returning as the 113th Congress.  We hope that those who were co-sponsors last year will once again show support when they receive our phone calls.  Because January 11th is Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we will join along with other NGOs and humanitarian organizations to make phone calls to mark this day.  However, if you can’t make a phone call on January 11th but can on another day, please do so!  Your voice will count even if it’s a day or two or a week later!

What you can AND need to do:

1)       Make 3 phone calls on Friday, January 11th.  Let’s cause a phone jam at our senators’ and representative’s offices so that they have no choice but to take notice and pass TVPRA!

You can read a short article that sums up TVPRA, watch a “How to” video so you know just how easy it is to call up your congressman/congresswoman, then click on the  ORANGE  link “Call your members of Congress” link.

2)      Share with your friends and family to also make 3 calls.  You can email, post on FB, tweet, call, etc.!  But share this with everyone you know!

3)      PRAY!  I am reminded of the verses in Ephesians 6:12 and 6: 18.  Ultimately, we have to lift everything up to God in prayer because what we’re fighting is much bigger than ourselves.  We can’t rely on our own strength to move people’s hearts or to stop evil.  That’s God’s job! 

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Some additional information:

Our Voices were heard and did matter.  You can see the timeline of what Women of Vision and friends did and the response from Senators as signed on to be co-sponsors of the bill.

These 2 posts pretty much sums it up on what happened with TVPRA.

This is a recent article posted on The Atlantic’s (monthly magazine) website describing the reality of slavery in the 21st century.

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