IJM challenged 27,000 Americans to stand up for the estimated 27 million people held in slavery today. Together, we hit our goal then raised the bar, asking for 72,000.
YOU DID IT! 72,000 people have signed the letter asking President Obama to make our country a leader in the fight to end modern-day slavery. Thank you.
Check out IJM Vice President Holly Burkhalter's video update to learn more about the exciting movement on this issue that we are witnessing in Washington, D.C.
We are hoping to deliver the letter in person in the next couple of weeks - stay tuned! For now, help make our message loud and clear: We want the President to help end slavery once and for all.
The more signatures on the letter to the President, the louder the message. After you’ve signed the letter, ask your friends to stand for freedom on Twitter, Facebook and email. We’re all in this together.
Thank you for signing your name and standing for freedom.
Dear President Obama:
On January 1, 2013, our country will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Although slavery is illegal almost everywhere in the world today, it endures at home and abroad. We respectfully call upon you to make the United States a leader in the fight to end slavery - again.
Americans want to end slavery once and for all. The U.S. government can play a powerful role in fighting this crime by supporting robust law enforcement and victim relief at home and abroad.
This year, we urge you to make our country a leader in the fight to end modern-day slavery by:
1. Taking a stand: In your 2012 Address to the U.N. General Assembly, charge the nations gathered to abolish modern-day slavery.
2. Getting slavery out of U.S. supply chains: When you authorize trade preference programs and free trade agreements, require that our partners take steps to ensure their supply chains are slavery-free, and insist that all U.S. government contracts include supply chain transparency requirements, so that we can ensure our tax dollars are never spent on slave-made goods.
3. Providing diplomatic support: Call on U.S. diplomats to work with foreign governments on high-level strategies to rescue victims of slavery and trafficking, apprehend perpetrators and eradicate the crime.
4. Funding the fight: Develop a Presidential Fund to Eradicate Slavery through the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons that will provide resources to help 15 "Focus Countries" end trafficking, and develop a Global Fund to Eradicate Slavery with other donor countries and private sources this year to announce at the 2013 meeting of the G-8.
It is time to take a stand so we can bring an end to slavery in our lifetime.
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