Texas Senator John Cornyn ask appropriation committee to support funds for Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2011. The Senator along with 13 other members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter asking the appropriation committee to support the bill with needed funding to fight against human trafficking. The letter dated August 15, 2011 was sent to six members of the committee one in which is Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
The TVPRA which was introduced by Senator Leahy, June 29, 2011. Is a reauthorization of current legislature of the TVPA which originally came into law in 2000 and has been reauthorized three times since the original. The bill has bi-partisan support both with the Senate and Congress.
The reauthorization will also include domestic minor sex trafficking victims assistence by provided 4 block grants to four states. The funding would be used to provide residential care, legal services and counciling to victims of sex slavery.
When the orginal bill was establish it made trafficking a federal crime, provided funding for anti-trafficking initiatives and created the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) office withing the Department of State to monitor international trafficking.
Local organizations that find support from this bill are Mosaic Family Services in Dallas. Since 2001 they have provided needed assistence to 250 victims of human trafficking. This is just one example of how the TVPA has brought change to North Texas communities. Internationally the TVPA has helped numerous organizations with initiatives to fight against human trafficking. International Justice Mission has received support from the Trafficking in Persons office created through the TVPA. This organization had investigations that resulted in the release of over 500 women, children and men from a brick kiln in India. The results of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act are incredible, and this bill continues to be a symbol of freedom thoughout the World.
Funding is a issue in this fiscal year and many organizations are asking people to contact their members of congress in support of the TVPRA. To find out local senators go to Senate.gov or popvox.com.