Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center

Zonta International is a global organization of individuals dedicated to building a better world for women and girls. The Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center is a tool for our members in the United States and other individuals who share our commitment to gender equality to take action to improve the lives of women and girls. With your help, we can make a difference. In addition to the actions below, click here to support our joint efforts with UNICEF USA to end child marriage in the United States.

Combat human trafficking worldwide
On any given day in 2021, there were an estimated 27.6 million victims of human trafficking around the world, according to the September 2022 report, Global Estimates of Modern Slavery. Of those, 17.3 million are exploited in the private sector, 6.3 million in forced commercial sexual exploitation and 3.9 million in forced labor imposed by the state.

The bipartisan International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2023 (S. 920) will reauthorize and enhance critical programming, policy and funding essential to the United States’ efforts to combat human trafficking around the world.

Building off the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, S. 920 proposes reforms to expand U.S. efforts relating to combating human trafficking, including forced labor and new requirements for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to integrate prevention efforts into the agency’s global programming. The bill also amends the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act to ensure that other nations’ commitment and progress toward implementing effective counter-trafficking measures are factors in determining recipients of U.S. development assistance.

“Human trafficking remains a horrific reality for millions around the world as global conflict, democratic backsliding and migration crises continue to present desperate circumstances and place already vulnerable communities at even greater risk of exploitation,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said.

Please use our pre-drafted letter to urge your senators to co-sponsor and support S. 920, the International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. If they have already sponsored or co-sponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks.

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