The Scourge of Human Trafficking

trafficking2.pngTell 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.

Restore Essential Voting Rights

I’ve seen firsthand how political power is used to attack our fundamental right to vote:

In 1953, my father became the first African American elected to the City Council in Wilson, North Carolina.

But the local business and political establishment didn’t like the fact that an African American was in an elected position and working to register African Americans to vote. In 1957, their solution was to change the method of election from district elections to at-large elections and prohibit single shot voting. He was defeated.

Since that day, I’ve committed myself to a career fighting for civil and voting rights.

That’s why I’m writing to you. Today, Republicans are quietly rolling back the right to vote. They’ve created unnecessary voter ID laws, closed polling locations, and limited access to early voting.

I need you to stand with me and demand that Congress act to stop this immediately. If we could bring change to the 1960s South, we can bring change now by working together.

Join me in demanding that Congressional Republicans restore essential voting rights protections.

I remember when Voting Rights Act was first enacted.

After months of organizing to increase voter registration, I marched 48 miles alongside my fellow students from the State Capitol in Raleigh, North Carolina to the county courthouse in my hometown of Wilson encouraging African Americans to register to vote. At the conclusion of the march, I registered to vote for the first time.

That day remains one of my most treasured memories.

We must not allow decades of hard work to be quietly erased by the hands of malicious Republicans.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

We cannot be silent. Will you join me and add your name now to tell Republicans to take action and protect our voting rights?

It is the duty of the government to protect people’s rights -- not limit them.

Thank you for your support,

Congressman G. K. Butterfield
Chair, Congressional Black Caucus

Save The Mounds Rally/Petition

Effigy Mounds

The effigy mounds found in Wisconsin are among the only earthen forms constructed by prehistoric American Indians. Wisconsin law has only recently protected these culturally significant features. These shapes often take forms of clan symbols, humans, or simple forms. These mounds were used for burial, ceremonial, or utilitarian purposes. The Ho-Chunk people are believed to be descendants of the Mound Builder people. The tribe views the mounds as sacred sites that should not be disturbed.

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