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Protection Reauthorization Act

posted by Elaine Kim on Wed, Feb 27, 2013


UPDATE (Feb 28, 3:15PM):

The TVPRA has passed the House of Representatives!


UPDATE (Feb 27, 2013; 6:00PM):


Within 48 hours, we expect the House of Representatives to vote on S. 47. If passed, it would go to the President to be signed into law.


But before that vote, the House will consider a Substitute Amendment to S. 47—one that does not include the bipartisan TVPRA. If the Substitute fails to pass, then the House will move to a final vote on S. 47—the preferred version because it includes the TVPRA.


We urge you to contact your representative in the House of Representatives today and urge her or him to vote NO on the Substitute Amendment to S. 47 and YES on S.47. You can use the sample script below for your call.




UPDATE (Feb 27, 2013; 1:00PM):

The TVPRA has been passed by the Senate! The bill has not yet come up in the House of Representatives-- we'll keep you updated.


In the meantime, follow up with your senators!


Below is a list of senators and their votes and you can very easily find their contact information on


Here are sample emails / phone scripts that you can follow (from IJM):


Sample script for Senators who voted YEA on the TVPRA:

“Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [YOUR CITY & STATE] and I want to thank the Senator for [HIS/HER] support on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act on Tuesday.  Will you pass my message on to the Senator? Thank you!”


Sample script for Senators who voted NAY on the TVPRA:

“Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [YOUR CITY & STATE]. I learned that the Senator voted against the Trafficking Victims Protection Authorization Act on Tuesday, and I just wanted to let the Senator know that I was disappointed to hear that. The TVPRA provides a foundation for the U.S. government’s anti-trafficking efforts around the world, and this is an issue I care about a lot. Will you pass my message on to the Senator? Thank you!”



YEAs: 93

Alexander (R-TN)

Ayotte (R-NH)

Baldwin (D-WI)

Barrasso (R-WY)

Baucus (D-MT)

Begich (D-AK)

Bennet (D-CO)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Blunt (R-MO)

Boozman (R-AR)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Burr (R-NC)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Chambliss (R-GA)

Coats (R-IN)

Cochran (R-MS)

Collins (R-ME)

Coons (D-DE)

Corker (R-TN)

Cornyn (R-TX)

Cowan (D-MA)

Crapo (R-ID)

Cruz (R-TX)

Donnelly (D-IN)

Durbin (D-IL)

Enzi (R-WY)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Fischer (R-NE)

Flake (R-AZ)

Franken (D-MN)

Graham (R-SC)

Grassley (R-IA)

Hagan (D-NC)

Harkin (D-IA)

Hatch (R-UT)

Heinrich (D-NM)

Heitkamp (D-ND)

Heller (R-NV)

Hirono (D-HI)

Hoeven (R-ND)

Isakson (R-GA)

Johanns (R-NE)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kaine (D-VA)

King (I-ME)

Kirk (R-IL)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Leahy (D-VT)

Levin (D-MI)

Manchin (D-WV)

McCaskill (D-MO)

McConnell (R-KY)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Moran (R-KS)

Murkowski (R-AK)

Murphy (D-CT)

Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Paul (R-KY)

Portman (R-OH)

Pryor (D-AR)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Risch (R-ID)

Roberts (R-KS)

Rockefeller (D-WV)

Rubio (R-FL)

Sanders (I-VT)

Schatz (D-HI)

Schumer (D-NY)

Scott (R-SC)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Shelby (R-AL)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Tester (D-MT)

Thune (R-SD)

Toomey (R-PA)

Udall (D-CO)

Udall (D-NM)

Vitter (R-LA)

Warner (D-VA)

Warren (D-MA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Wicker (R-MS)

Wyden (D-OR)


NAYs: 5

Coburn (R-OK)

Inhofe (R-OK)

Johnson (R-WI)

Lee (R-UT)

Sessions (R-AL)


Not Voting: 2

Gillibrand (D-NY)

McCain (R-AZ)





The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) is a crucial bill that will renew the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which established the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, authorized the annual Trafficking in Persons report, and established a global minimum standard for confronting trafficking and slavery.

The original legislation was also designed to combat trafficking in the U.S. by establishing it as a federal crime, and providing assistance programs for survivors, including visa protection for victims trafficked across international borders.


The TVPRA will extend this life-saving law for at least two more years.


Find out more

Dive deep by exploring the full text of the bill:




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LooseTheChainsIsaiah58's picture


Thu, Jan 31, 2013

Thank you for having posted this! I'm taking part in the Freedom Commons page and spreading that info.