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.