Making changes in national law to protect victim/survivors of domestic violence!


Call to Action for Human Trafficking — S 1301

Allies exists to be a network and platform for activism that sustains community involvement in the anti-trafficking movement.


TVPRA – The Trafficking Victims Protection Reathorization Act, enacted in 2000, expired Sept 30, 2011. Both the Senate & House have let this important legislation in the fight against modern-day slavery lapse. The House bill is mired in partisan politics, but the Senate bill, S.1301, now has 42 co-sponsors. If we can obtain 50 co-sponsors (only 8 more to go) then it could easily pass a Senate floor vote. Read more about the HISTORY and CURRENT STATUS of the TVPRA (s. 1301).

Below are some of the provisions included in S. 1301 that would better protect victims:
Create programs to help foreign governments investigate labor recruitment centers where trafficking victims may be recruited;
Encourage the distribution and posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline number within federal agencies as well as by states;
Create programs to assist minor victims of sex trafficking through grant programs to states; and
Prohibit the provision of peacekeeping operation funds to countries that use child soldiers.
It is of the utmost importance that this bill gets passed to maintain the standards established in 2000!

Calls are the best way to contact Senator Cornyn and Senator Hutchison! You can call more than once, and every call or voicemail is logged.

Call Script:
“Hello, My name is ________ and I am calling from _______[zip code]. I would like to ask Senator Cornyn / Senator Hutchison to co-sponsor the TVPRA (S.1301).

Do you know the Senator’s position on human trafficking? I would like someone from your office to follow up with me with the Senator’s response. I can be reached at __________ or via e-mail at _________. Thank you.”

Here is how you contact them:
Senator John Cornyn: Austin- 512-469-6034 or Washington DC 202-224-2934
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison: Austin- 512-916-5834 or Washington DC 202-224-5922

Leaving a message is effective since all calls are logged by issue and recapped daily to the Senator. If the Senator’s DC voice mailbox is full, please call the local office phone number.

Call to Action for April 30th – Funds for domestic violence program

Received in my emails today.  Reposted for your information and help too: 



Action Alert: Victims of Domestic Violence Need Your Help Now!


Hi all,


DC is heading into the most important days of its budget deliberations and we need your help to make sure there's enough money to help victims of domestic violence in the budget!


The Mayor's FY13 Budget Proposal does not include enough money for the Office of Victim Services (OVS) to be able to fund vital victim services including emergency shelter, legal services, counseling, and crisis intervention services.  


  • To simply maintain the existing level of services, an additional $2.1 million is needed.  But that only preserves the status quo, which includes harmful cuts to domestic violence shelters and other supportive services.  
  • To reverse these previous cuts, OVS needs an additional $2.6 million, money that is included in the Mayor's budget "wish list" should the City see additional revenue later in the year.  


Please take action to help us get the DC Council to give OVS the money they need to be able to help all victims!


Call Councilmember Mendelson (            202.724.8064      ) & Chairman Brown (            202.724.8032      ) on Monday, April 30th at 11am and tell them: 


"Please appropriate an additional $2.1 million to the Office of Victim Services to provide lifesaving services for victims of domestic violence.  Please also keep $2.6 million for OVS in 5th place on the Mayor's budget wish list - this will help us reverse harmful cuts made to victim services over the last few years."


Stay Tuned -Victims Will Need Your Help Again Next Tuesday & Wednesday!

Please watch this space for additional action alerts to come early next week.  We need to flood the Council's office with phone calls, emails and tweets to make sure our voices are heard!

Thanks for taking action to ensure all victims have access to needed lifesaving services!


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