Congress’ Anti-Slavery Authorization in Danger – TVPRA Languishing in Committee

Posted: August 3, 2012 in human trafficking
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I was surprised to discover the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act is in danger of dying without a floor vote in Congress.  The best chance of passing the TVPRA this year is probably the Senate version of the bill.  S 1301, the bipartisan Senate version of the TVPRA, authored by Senator Leahy and co-sponsored by dozens of senators from both parties, has been approved by committee, but not scheduled for a floor vote in the Senate.

When the TVPA was first passed in 2000, it was probably the best thing the US government has done to fight slavery since Reconstruction.  It has been reauthorized several times since then, but the current reauthorization bill is at risk of going away.   The bills must be approved before the end of this session of Congress at the end of the year, or they’ll have to start over at the next Congress.


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