What can your voice do?
The SOLD Project is proud to support The Child Protection Compact Act (S.3184). We are honored to stand behind this bill alongside organizations such as International Justice Mission (IJM), Not for Sale, Polaris Project, World Vision, Amnesty International, and more. We ask you to stand with us.
Introduced in March 2010, the Child Protection Compact Act aims to “increase protection of vulnerable children in selected countries by providing assistance to address institutional weaknesses within governments.” The bill will increase U.S. support to eradicate child trafficking in countries that “have the will to end the crime but lack resources.”
In other words, the government will delegate funding to countries that have a recorded problem with child trafficking and demonstrate a desire to end it, but are unable to focus time and resources on the fight without outside help. Being selected as a “focus country” for this funding will require an agreement that “contains specific objectives in a ‘national child protection strategy’ and indicates benchmarks for measuring the achievement of them.”
IJM, a key voice for victims’ rights in D.C., has excellent information on the bill, including a Q&A with their VP of Government Relations. Their site also offers a very quick and easy way to contact your local representative and ask them to support this important legislation.
Maybe you feel like you’re always reading about petitions or legislation to contact your representative about. The fact of the matter is that, if we want action to take place, we have to be a voice for the voiceless. The at-risk, vulnerable, and exploited women and children whom this bill will directly affect cannot spend three minutes online to fill out a quick form and stand up for their rights.
But you can.