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Update: CPCA Act of 2010

January 14, 2011

Political Action

Last fall, we joined International Justice Mission (IJM) in asking you to support the Child Protection Compact Act, which aimed to “increase protection of vulnerable children in selected countries by providing assistance to address institutional weaknesses within governments.”  The bill, introduced in March 2010, was intended to increase U.S. support to eradicate child trafficking in countries that “have the will to end the crime but lack resources.”

We asked you to let your voice make a difference, then updated you on the progress and asked you to participate in National Call-In Day last September.  Unfortunately, the last session of Congress ended without the bill coming to a vote.  IJM sent out this message to its supporters:

While we are deeply disappointed that this bill was not passed, we celebrate what we have accomplished over the past two years: IJM supporters have conducted nearly 600 face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress and their staff, and delivered 67,000 Abolition Postcards to Congressional offices, resulting in a huge number of CPCA co-sponsors: 118 in the House and 28 in the Senate. It is rare for any free-standing bill to make it this far in the legislative process — thank you for making this possible.

IJM will continue working with House and Senate members in the 112th Congress on behalf of trafficking victims.  They are pursuing sponsors for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), a bill which would provide the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office the resources it needs.

Learn more in a video from IJM’s VP of Government Relations, Holly Burkhalter.

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