For the last year or so, IJM and other NGOS have been working on a bill called the ‘Child Protection Compact Act’, designed to increase the capabilities of third-world countries who have the will to fight the growing problem of human trafficking within their borders, but lack the resources to do so.
The legislation was extremely close to passing in the Senate, but the Congress adjourned before it could officially be passed. Now, the Congress is coming together for a “lame duck” session on November 15, giving us one final chance to vote this bill into action!
I’m rarely involved in political lobbying as such, but I really support this bill, both because of the fact that it fights human trafficking, and for the holistic way in which it seeks to address this injustice. It’s bipartisan, it doesn’t pull money from much-needed funds for American domestic use, and it seeks to empower foreign countries in their efforts to fight human trafficking instead of coming in as the big Western power and changing the structure unilaterally. What’s not to love about this bill?!?!
Here’s the part you can play: IJM is looking for 3,287 people who will commit to calling their senator’s office on November 15th, urging them to pass the CPCA bill. That’s one voice for every child who is trafficked daily. Click here to commit to calling your senator.
You don’t have to sound incredibly smart; you don’t have to go into a persuasive essay about why your senator should support this bill. You just need to let him or her know that as a constituent, you care about human trafficking and you want him or her to support the CPCA bill. You can even follow IJM’s suggestion and say something like this:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [City, State]. I’m calling to ask Senator [NAME] to vote YES to pass the Child Protection Compact Act (S. 3184). This bill would help to eradicate child trafficking, an issue I really care about. Would you please pass my message on to the Senator? Thank you!”
If you’re like me, and you [rather ashamedly] don’t even know who your senator is, you can easily find that information at www.senate.gov (look in the upper right-hand corner). Finally, click here for more information about the CPCA and FAQs.
If you do commit to calling your senator, leave a comment and let me know!