Because human trafficking is a public health issue
Sign on to HEAL’S 15th Anniversary Letter for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)
October 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). This landmark legislation, reauthorized four times, laid the foundation for significant efforts in the United States to combat human trafficking and support trafficking survivors. At this important juncture, we celebrate the TVPA while acknowledging that the prevention of human trafficking and the promotion of well-being among survivors requires improved, dedicated resources for health and social services.
Human trafficking is a healthcare issue, with severe and long-lasting adverse consequences for the health, development, and well-being of victims and survivors. Current U.S. Government funding is insufficient to meet the health, housing, and rehabilitative care needs of victims and survivors. The collective voice of the health sector must urge for greater U.S. investment in programs that prevent human trafficking, and provide comprehensive health services to victims of violence.
Please sign on to HEAL’s 15th Anniversary of TVPA letter to President Obama, urging the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to request increased funds in the President’s FY17 budget to combat human trafficking and forced labor. To endorse as an individual, please click here or as an organization, click here, by October 15, 5pm EDT.