Your voice is needed!

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It’s time to let our New York Congress hear our voices!  We need your help to ask the New York State Assembly to take action on the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act. (TVPJA)

What is the TVPJA?  It is proposed legislation (A.2240/S.2135) that improves the State’s efforts to end human trafficking by enhancing protection for trafficking victims—particularly for sexually exploited children. It increases accountability for buyers and traffickers who are fueling the growth of this massive underground industry and it helps prevent re-victimization of trafficking victims by the justice system.  More info at TVPJA.com

The TVPJA currently has 78 co-sponsors in the Assembly and 18 co-sponsors in the Senate.  This is an extraordinary show of support, but we can do better! (click here to find out if your legislator is already a co-sponsor)

What can you do?

1. Click here to find out if your legislator is already a co-sponsor. You can find their office phone number here as well.

2. If they are not a co-sponsor call their office and urge them to co-sponsor the bill.  You can use the following script:

Hello, my name is ______ and I am from (city/town). I want to urge (Assemblyman or Senator) to co-sponsor and support the passage of TVPJA (A.2240/S.2135) that strengthens New York State’s response to human trafficking.  Human trafficking profoundly harms victims across New York State’s cities, towns, and rural areas.

As a voter, I strongly urge you to co-sponsor A.2240/S.2135.  It is vitally important to me that my representatives take action to help stop the trafficking of women and children in our community.  Thank you for your time.

3. If they are a co-sponsor call their office and let them know you appreciate their support.  You can use the following script:

Hello, my name is _____ and I am from (city/town)). I want to thank the (Assemblyman/Senator)  for co-sponsoring the TVPJA (A.2240S/2135) that strengthens New York State’s response to human trafficking.  I also want to see NY State become a national leader in combating trafficking and protecting victims.  Thank you for representing my voice and doing all you can to pass the TVPJA.

4. Everyone can Contact Speaker Silver’s office by phone, 518-455-3791, and ask him to do all he can to support the passage of the TVPJA.  You can use the following script when you speak to his office staff:

Hello, my name is ______ and I am from (city/town). I want to ask Speaker Silver to do all he can to support the passage of the TVPJA (A.2240/S.2135).  The legislation strengthens New York State’s response to human trafficking, combating trafficking and protecting victims.  As a resident of New York State and a voter, I urge you to help the TVPJA come to a vote.  Thank you for all you can do to make New York State a national leader in combating human trafficking and protecting victims.

These 4 simple steps will speak loudly in Albany.  

Use your voice to speak for those who can’t.  

Do it today!

And then pass this along to a friend and ask them to do the same.

 



One comment

  1. Hello,

    I am emailing you for some guidance. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in NYC and will be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as of winter 2017. I share this, as I work on the front lines providing therapy to children and families in the child welfare system, some which are victims of domestic violence, sex abuse and woman exposed to gender based violence.  As I expand my career I would like to focus primarily on continuing to counsel and advocate for woman who are survivors of domestic violence, human sex trafficking, and sex abuse. In particular I want to grow in the area of advocating for woman and girls exposed to practices such as female genital mutilation, rape, forced marriage and re-victimization.

    I have attended trainings on domestic violence and human sex trafficking. In writing you I hope to receive guidance on how I may grow further in learning about these topics on an ongoing basis given we learn more information all the time around these topics.  

    Most importantly how can I take what is learned at the macro level and educate my clients at the micro level on how to repair and thrive once again? How can I help, and what resources can I further explore in NYC to help current and future woman and children I work with?

    Thank you,
    Bethanie Milford, LMSW
    bethanie.milford@gmail.com


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