READY TO ACT
The State Department has $5 million to fight child slavery thanks to the Child Protection Compact Act.
Let's ask them to invest in 2 places where they can make a huge impact:
10,000+ children (as young as 4) are held in slavery in the fishing industry. Beaten, abused and exploited—they need rescue urgently. Leaders in Ghana are ready to act with the right help.
Trafficked and sold for sex in cities or online, children in the Philippines need protection. Smart anti-slavery models have already seen success here, and leaders are ready to do more.
READ THE FULL PETITION TEXT+
Dear Member of Congress,
Slavery is an appalling, enduring crime. Today, there are more women, men and children in slavery than during 400 years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
But there is good news: slavery can be stopped.
Anti-slavery organizations such as International Justice Mission have shown how partnering with governments and helping them enforce their own laws against human trafficking can measurably reduce the number of victims in slavery.
I am grateful to Congress for designating funds to help selected countries eradicate child slavery through the Child Protection Compact Act, which passed in 2013 as part of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
I respectfully encourage you to add your name to the letter being circulated by Congressmen Weber and Bera and Senators Portman and Blumenthal, which asks Secretary of State John Kerry to:
- Designate Ghana and the Philippines as focus countries for the eradication of child trafficking. Both countries have demonstrated commitment to fighting this crime, but need additional resources and support.
- Enact child protection compacts with these two governments to help them rescue children and put perpetrators behind bars, measurably reducing the prevalence of child slavery in Ghana’s fishing industry, for example, and child sexual exploitation in the Philippines.
The world needs anti-slavery successes that can be measured and replicated in order to encourage investment, motivate political will, and bring slavery to an end once and for all.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?+
We want to reach 3,000 strong on this petition, building on the momentum created with thousands of phone calls and hundreds of in-person meetings with Congressional offices. Together, our voices are a true force for freedom—asking our leaders to request that Secretary Kerry puts our plan into action.
I hope you know your signature on this petition really does make a huge difference.
Members of Congress care what their constituents think. When we all raise an issue together, we can have a huge impact on their decision-making.
Past campaigns like this have yielded huge results. In fact, the Child Protection Compact Act passed in 2013 thanks, in part, to advocates like you who raised their voices with IJM for four years leading up to that vote.
We’re looking forward to powerful results from this campaign.
Thanks for helping to make freedom possible!
Sr. Director of Advocacy