Tell Congress: Take the Anti-trafficking Fight to the Next Level
Join with others to urge Congress to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 is the cornerstone of Federal human trafficking legislation, and established several methods of prosecuting traffickers, preventing human trafficking, and protecting victims and survivors of trafficking. The act establishes human trafficking and related offenses as federal crimes, and attaches severe penalties to them. It also mandates restitution be paid to victims of human trafficking.
It has been reauthorized and extended several times, including in 2013, when it was passed as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act. The reauthorization established and strengthened programs to ensure that U.S. citizens do not purchase products made by victims of human trafficking, and to prevent child marriage. It also put into place emergency response provisions within the State Department to respond quickly to disaster areas and crises where people are particularly susceptible to being trafficked. The reauthorization also strengthened collaboration with state and local law enforcement to ease charging and prosecuting traffickers.