Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. But don't just be aware, be an advocate. Last year, legislators took steps to address human trafficking, and we want them to keep the momentum going.
Today, join us in asking Congress for better protections for foreign workers, increased transparency of supply chains, and more funding to support victims. Here are the issues we want your local Congressperson to support:
- Oversight of foreign labor recruiters: We're continuing to push for legislation that protects workers who are recruited by unscrupulous labor recruiters overseas. Abusive recruiters prey on the dreams of workers, tricking them into exploitative jobs and charging them massive fees. Increasing the oversight of these recruiters and preventing exorbitant fees will reduce labor trafficking.
- Business transparency on trafficking: Congress can help hold corporations accountable for any forced or child labor in their production. Businesses should be required to publicly disclose their efforts to eliminate human trafficking and child labor in their business operations and supply chains, and consumers should be able to make informed decisions about what they purchase.
- Victims' assistance: There simply isn't enough federal funding to provide adequate services to all trafficking victims in the U.S. While Congress increased funding in 2014, there are still huge gaps to fill. More funding would increase shelter, medical and social services, and ensure that survivors gain access to the tools they need to gain true independence.
Freedom happens now,
Director of National Programs