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A call to action!!

CALL TO ACTION FOR ARIZONA AND ALABAMA CONSTITUENTS!
Tell Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to pass
S.2925 “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010”
On December 9th, the U.S. Senate passed S.2925, “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence
and Victims Support Act of 2010.” This bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senators Wyden
(D-OR) and Cornyn (R-TX) and was passed with unanimous consent in the Senate. On
December 21st it passed in the House but with changes that will be unfavorable to Senators Kyl
and Sessions. We need them to understand the importance of S.2925 and remind them of what
good they will do if this bill passes. We have only 24 to 48 hours left!!!
What you need to know about S.2925:
• It will provide $2m to $2.5m a year in funding to six state and local pilot projects to serve and
shelter child victims of sex trafficking
• Funds can be used to empower law enforcement efforts to combat the sex trafficking of
children
• With less than 100 beds in shelters across the nation, these funds are critically needed to
help restore exploited children. Law enforcement has expressed frustration that when they
discover an exploited child, there is nowhere safe to put her for help.
• Law enforcement needs assistance to ensure that traffickers and buyers of sex with
vulnerable girls and boys don’t continue to get away unpunished.
• Senator Kyl feels strongly about crime victims’ rights. If you call his office, remind him that
child victims of prostitution are victims and need his support.
• Senator Sessions was a U.S. Attorney and cares a great deal about law enforcement.
Remind him that these funds will also be used to support the men and women working to
combat this crime.
Calling your Senator is easy! Just review the instructions below and use the sample language
as a guide. Use your own voice and remember, your legislator wants to hear from you!
What you must do:
1. CALL KYL (AZ) OR SESSIONS (AL) TODAY! Calls are the most effective and powerful way
to urge Congressional action. We ask you to pick up the phone and let them know you
support this legislation.
Arizona Constituents call Senator Jon Kyl: (202) 224-4521 or

http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Alabama Constituents call Senator Jeff Sessions: (202) 224-4124 or

http://sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ConstituentServices.ContactMe

2. You will likely get a front desk or policy staffer. Tell them you are calling about S.2925,
“Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act”:
“Hi, my name is [ ], and I am a constituent of Senator [ ]. On Tuesday night the House
passed S.2925, “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of
2010.” This bipartisan legislation will fund state and local efforts to assist child victims of sex
trafficking. Funds will be used to increase victim services, provide law enforcement more
resources to combat sex trafficking of children, and fund deterrence and outreach efforts.
I urge Senator [ ] to support this critical legislation. Children exploited in prostitution need
the Senator to remember them. These victims have rights and need his support today.
3. After you complete your call, send a follow-up email to the Senator you called thanking him.
Here is some sample language you can use as a guide:
Dear [ ]:
I am a constituent who is very concerned about the sex trafficking of children in the United
States and in my state. I called your office today to urge passage of “Domestic Minor Sex
Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010.” The House passed S.2925 on
Tuesday evening. I urge the Senate to adopt and pass S.2925 immediately and without
amendments.
Today, there is a severe lack of services for child sex trafficking victims in the United States.
This legislation helps address this by supporting holistic, multidisciplinary approaches that
bring law enforcement, non-profits and agencies together to combat the problem. Block
grants will fund collaborative programs in up to six regionally diverse areas across the U.S.
Each grant will help increase victim services while increasing law enforcement resources to
investigate and prosecute traffickers. Outreach and awareness efforts are also supported.
Thank you for acting to protect our state’s and our nation’s children and to stop sex
trafficking. Please adopt and pass S.2925 in the Senate and close the severe gap in victim
services and law enforcement resources.
Sincerely,

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