Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Polaris Project: National Day of Action against the Sexual Trafficking and Exploitation of Children

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All that follows is from The Polaris Project's website, *here* and at the link just below. Links to many parts of their website appear at the bottom of this post.

Be a part of the National (Call-In) Day of Action 11/17/2010
Participating in our National (Call-In) Day of Action on Nov. 17 is as easy as 1,2,3!

Each year in the United States at least 100,000 children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Our children are being sold for sex on street corners, through escort services, and online. These victims need safe shelter and treatment, but in the United States today there are only 80 beds available for them. That leaves thousands of sexually exploited children who are unable to access shelter beds or other services.

On November 17, the National Coalition to End Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, of which Polaris Project is a part, is organizing a National Day of Action to pass the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Victims Support Act (H.R. 5575). If passed, this legislation would provide victims of human trafficking with access to much needed services and shelters. H.R. 5575 would also provide grants to state and local governments who work with social service agencies to train law enforcement and increase investigations.
Being a part of our National (Call-In) Day of Action on Nov. 17 is as easy as 1,2,3:

1. Find your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives on the top right of this webpage.

2. Call the House operator at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your representative's office.
Once connected, say:
"Hi, my name is ________ , and I am a constituent living in[town/city]. I'm calling to urge Congress(woman/man) ______ to co-sponsor and support H.R.5575, a unique bi-partisan bill introduced by Representatives Maloney and Smith that seeks to combat and address the sex trafficking of children across America. It would allow more trafficking survivors to access restorative care services and increase resources for law enforcement to arrest and prosecute the traffickers and predators that victimize our children. The number of children at risk of being trafficked across the U.S. is on the rise and it's time for Congress to act. Will the Congress(woman/man) co-sponsor and support this important legislation?"
3. Be Counted!  Sign our petition here so we can track our impact!
Taking action on Nov. 17 will take less than 5 minutes and our collective action can give thousands of young sex trafficking victims across the U.S. the care and support they need and deserve.

The National Day of Action is being sponsored by the National Coalition to End Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Members include (partial list): A Future. Not A Past., ECPAT-USA, Polaris Project, Rebecca Project, Shared Hope International and the Women's Funding Network.

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