Please call your representatives in Congress today and ask that they preserve the protections in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) when allocating emergency funding for unaccompanied immigrant youth.
The TVPRA protects immigrant youth at risk of trafficking or facing threats to their safety in their home countries. It provides critical due process protections by providing every child a day in court and access to legal services to assist with their case. It offers the appointment of child advocates for the most vulnerable children. And most importantly, it allows children to reunite with family, where they can feel safe and secure while their cases are in progress.
The House and Senate are considering bills that would gut this law to facilitate immediate deportation of children. They are receiving calls from anti-immigrant activists. Will you be one of the ones who calls to stand up for the human and civil rights of children?
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your Representative. Then call back to speak to each of your Senators!
Speak from the heart about why you want the TVPRA protections to remain in place. Here is what you could say:
My name is [Name] and I live in [City, State]. As a constituent, I encourage [Congressperson name here] to leave intact all of the protections for immigrant children that are currently in place under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
As Congress considers policies to address the influx of minors across the southern border, we must remember that the protections afforded to children and families under this law are truly necessary. Gutting the TVPRA in order to expedite removals threatens serious harm and traumatization for these kids and brings shame to our country.
Please preserve the rights and protections in place for immigrant children in any bill addressing the situation facing unaccompanied immigrant children.