ACTION ALERT: JVTA Call in Day April 29th
Ask House Leadership to Take Up and Pass
the Senate Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act Compromise!
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) (S. 1738), as amended, provides funding and protections for victims of human trafficking here in the United States. It is the ONLY comprehensive legislation that provides funding for critical services victims need to heal and training for law enforcement so that they can better respond to victims and identify and prosecute traffickers. The Senate compromise package also includes many other important measures such the recognition that child victims of trafficking are victims of child abuse and provisions that incentivize states to pass Safe Harbor laws that discourage the arrest of child trafficking victims.
We Need Your Help
On Wednesday April 29th, please join national advocacy groups in calling House Leadership offices to let them know that you want the House to swiftly take up and pass the Senate Compromise JVTA. The Compromise JVTA passed the Senate unanimously with a vote of 99-0. This bipartisan legislation includes many of the House provisions that passed earlier this year. the Senate if we want it to actually become law!
Speaker John Beohner – (202) 225-6205
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy – 202-225-4000
Majority Whip Steve Scalise – 202-225-0197
Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte – (202) 225-5431
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – (202) 225-0100
Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer – (202) 225-4131
Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers – 202-225-5126
Use the talking points below to guide your discussion:
Good morning/afternoon, my name is XX and I am an anti-trafficking advocate. I am calling to ask that you please take up and pass the Senate Compromise of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S.178).
· JVTA is the ONLY comprehensive human trafficking legislation that provides funding and resources so that child victims of trafficking can receive critical services they need to heal.
· JVTA promotes interagency collaboration, which allows for law enforcement, child advocacy centers, social service agencies, healthcare providers, legal services programs, courts, and housing agencies to provide safety for child victims.
· JVTA clarifies existing laws, making it clear that those that abuse and buy children for sex must be held accountable for the harm they cause by law enforcement and prosecutors.
· Just last week, the Senate passed the JVTA unanimously on a 99-0 vote. We hope that the House can show similar support for our domestic victims of trafficking.
Background on JVTA
Three critical ways the amended Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) addresses domestic trafficking:
1. Creates two funds for victims of trafficking, one using fines and the other appropriated dollars. All together, this will infuse as much as $60M for training and services for victims of trafficking.
2. Encourages cross-system collaboration between law enforcement, child welfare systems, juvenile justice officials, courts, and victim service organizations (and where applicable tribal authorities).
3. Reduces demand for sex trafficking by calling on law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute buyers, not just pimps/exploiters.