A call for Action!

I am sending this out today to ask for help. World Vision has advised numerous agencies about the fact that the Child Protection Compact Act was removed from the agenda without any type of justification. The reason why I am so outraged over this is the fact that so many Americans are behind the exploitation of children all over the world. Unfortunately our country fuels the demand of child slavery in other countries and some of our men travel to different countries to sexually exploit children from around the world. This is an issue that needs to stop. No child deserves to be enslaved! Please help by calling our state senators and asking why an important bill such as this one, was removed from the agenda. Let’s urge our senators to do the right thing and add this back onto the agenda.

World Vision, a nonprofit organization, working for humanitarian causes around the world, says that Child Protection Compact Act was removed from the agenda of the upcoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting. The Child Protection Compact Act, if implemented, would help enforce anti-human trafficking laws by providing “technical assistance and training to several countries that are willing to address the issue but lacks the resources” and capacity to do so according to the World Vision website. What’s more, the bill was removed from the agenda without any explanation of why it was taken off prior to the removal. More on the Child Protection Compact Act (S 3184) The bill was created to fight against child trafficking for sexual exploitation, child labor, child pornography as well as child prostitution around the world. As the bill states, Unicef estimates over 158,000,000 children in the age between 5 and 14 are engaged in child labor. Also, International Labor Organization estimates over 1,800,000 children are globally exploited each year through prostitution and pornography. Child Protection Compact Act, therefore, is aimed at assisting countries that are willing to address the child trafficking in their own soils but has neither resources nor capacity to countermeasure the challenges. The bill further allows the U.S. government to assist programs or initiatives in following areas: (A) Evaluation of legal standards and practices and recommendations for improvements that will increase the likelihood of successful prosecutions. (B) Training anti-trafficking police and investigators. (C) Building the capacity of domestic non-governmental organizations to educate vulnerable populations about the danger of trafficking and to work with law enforcement to identify and rescue victims. (D) Creation of victim-friendly courts. (E) Development of appropriate after-care facilities for rescued victims. (F) Development and maintenance of data collection systems. (G) Development of regional cooperative plans with neighboring countries to prevent cross-border trafficking of children and child sex tourism. World Vision urges all child advocates and humanitarians to call their senates World Vision therefore urges all child advocates and anti-human trafficking advocates to call their state senates to to list the Compact Act on the upcoming agenda list. The website further list the name and the phone number of each state senator’s office as follows: LeMieux, George S. – (R – FL) Class III (202) 224-3041 Web Form: lemieux.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailSenatorLeMieux Nelson, Bill – (D – FL) Class I (202) 224-5274 Web Form: billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm Barbara Boxer (CA) – 202-224-3553 Christopher Dodd (CT) – 202-224-2823 Ted Kaufman (DE) – 202-224-5042 Johnny Isakson (GA) – 202-224-3643 Jim Risch (ID) – 202-224-2752 Richard Lugar (IN) – 202-224-4814 John F. Kerry (MA) – 202-224-2742 Benjamin Cardin (MD) – 202-224-4524 Roger Wicker (MS) – 202-224-6253 Jeanne Shaheen (NH) – 202-224-2841 Robert Menendez (NJ) – 202-224-4744 James Inhofe (OK) – 202-224-3643 Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) – 202-224-4451 Robert Casey (PA) – 202-224-6324 Jim DeM I am sending this out today to ask for help. World Vision has advised numerous agencies about the fact that the Child Protection Compact Act was removed from the agenda without any type of justification. The reason why I am so outraged over this is the fact that so many Americans are behind the exploitation of children all over the world. Unfortunately our country fuels the demand of child slavery in other countries and some of our men travel to different countries to sexually exploit children from around the world. This is an issue that needs to stop. No child deserves to be enslaved! Please help by calling our state senators and asking why an important bill such as this one, was removed from the agenda. Let’s urge our senators to do the right thing and add this back onto the agenda. World Vision, a nonprofit organization, working for humanitarian causes around the world, says that Child Protection Compact Act was removed from the agenda of the upcoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting. The Child Protection Compact Act, if implemented, would help enforce anti-human trafficking laws by providing “technical assistance and training to several countries that are willing to address the issue but lacks the resources” and capacity to do so according to the World Vision website. What’s more, the bill was removed from the agenda without any explanation of why it was taken off prior to the removal. More on the Child Protection Compact Act (S 3184) The bill was created to fight against child trafficking for sexual exploitation, child labor, child pornography as well as child prostitution around the world. As the bill states, Unicef estimates over 158,000,000 children in the age between 5 and 14 are engaged in child labor. Also, International Labor Organization estimates over 1,800,000 children are globally exploited each year through prostitution and pornography. Child Protection Compact Act, therefore, is aimed at assisting countries that are willing to address the child trafficking in their own soils but has neither resources nor capacity to countermeasure the challenges. The bill further allows the U.S. government to assist programs or initiatives in following areas: (A) Evaluation of legal standards and practices and recommendations for improvements that will increase the likelihood of successful prosecutions. (B) Training anti-trafficking police and investigators. (C) Building the capacity of domestic non-governmental organizations to educate vulnerable populations about the danger of trafficking and to work with law enforcement to identify and rescue victims. (D) Creation of victim-friendly courts. (E) Development of appropriate after-care facilities for rescued victims. (F) Development and maintenance of data collection systems. (G) Development of regional cooperative plans with neighboring countries to prevent cross-border trafficking of children and child sex tourism. World Vision urges all child advocates and humanitarians to call their senates World Vision therefore urges all child advocates and anti-human trafficking advocates to call their state senates to to list the Compact Act on the upcoming agenda list. The website further list the name and the phone number of each state senator’s office as follows: LeMieux, George S. – (R – FL) Class III (202) 224-3041 Web Form: lemieux.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailSenatorLeMieux Nelson, Bill – (D – FL) Class I (202) 224-5274 Web Form: billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm Barbara Boxer (CA) – 202-224-3553 Christopher Dodd (CT) – 202-224-2823 Ted Kaufman (DE) – 202-224-5042 Johnny Isakson (GA) – 202-224-3643 Jim Risch (ID) – 202-224-2752 Richard Lugar (IN) – 202-224-4814 John F. Kerry (MA) – 202-224-2742 Benjamin Cardin (MD) – 202-224-4524 Roger Wicker (MS) – 202-224-6253 Jeanne Shaheen (NH) – 202-224-2841 Robert Menendez (NJ) – 202-224-4744 James Inhofe (OK) – 202-224-3643 Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) – 202-224-4451 Robert Casey (PA) – 202-224-6324 Jim DeMint (SC) – 202-224-6121 Bob Corker (TN) – 202-224-3344 Jim Webb (VA) – 202-224-4024 Russ Feingold (WI) – 202-224-5323 John Barrasso (WY) – 202-224-6441 int (SC) – 202-224-6121 Bob Corker (TN) – 202-224-3344 Jim Webb (VA) – 202-224-4024 Russ Feingold (WI) – 202-224-5323 John Barrasso (WY) – 202-224-6441

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