safehome. (Sorry for the blacked out eyes, I hate to do that but I wanted you to see both of their smiles).
“The girls are transformed like magic.And the girls seem to love each other with a sincerity that cannot be found among many normal children. The Love146 safehome efforts at restoring these girls have defeated the brokenness and evil spirit brought about by rape and exploitation. The girls’ innocence has been brought back. They are children once again.” – Prof. Poa (Social worker)
Last Wednesday, at 6 p.m., the Senate finally renewed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Thank you to all our Abolitionists out there who helped by sending letters and calling your senators to urge them in supporting the renewal of our anti-trafficking law with the original criminal provisions of the House version. Thank you for engaging the power of your voice and vote. Perhaps we're not too naive in pursuing abolition of modern-day slavery after all.
the following is a letter from Trafficking in Persons Ambassador Mark Lagon U.S. Anti-Trafficking Bill is Unanimously Reauthorized by Congress
On December 10, both the House and Senate passed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. This bill aims to strengthen the U.S Government’s tools for combating human trafficking abroad and at home. Internationally, it focuses on the annual Trafficking in Persons Report as a diplomatic tool to encourage foreign governments to increase efforts against modern-day slavery and on child soldiers. At home, the bill aims to enhance penalties for traffickers and better protect victims on U.S. soil – whether foreign nationals or U.S. citizens. Stronger tools at home help us immensely to serve as a model for the world as we urge and assist other nations to confront slavery.
The bill embodies Congressional commitment to abolish trafficking in persons. With support from a diverse coalition, including faith-based and feminist organizations, the U.S. Government will continue to be a global force for change against slavery. T-Visa Holders Can Become U.S. Citizens! U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this week an interim final rule that will allow “T” and “U” non-immigrants to adjust their status and become lawful permanent residents. The rule implements provisions of the primary U.S. anti-trafficking legislation, and provides a pathway to citizenship for eligible victims of human trafficking.
“The action we are taking will further humanitarian interests by protecting victims of human trafficking and victims of other serious crimes,” said USCIS Acting Deputy Director Mike Aytes. “We also believe that law enforcement’s ability to investigate and prosecute crimes is enhanced when we can provide important immigration benefits to victims.”
The victim-centered approach codified in the TVPA must be at the heart of all of our work in confronting human trafficking. I am pleased to finally see the promulgation of this regulation. It reinforces our goal to rescue, rehabilitate, and restore victims of trafficking – whether in commercial sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, agricultural work or in factories. Happy holidays to you and your families. May the New Year bring us more justice, fewer victims of exploitation, and renewed strength for all of us working to end slavery in our time,
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon Director Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons U.S. Department of State www.state.gov/g/tip 202/312-9639
We've just released our Holiday E-Cards. This is a great way for you to be a part of effecting our programs through your funds while honoring a loved one. You can personalize each card and choose the date you would like it to be sent.
Below are a few examples (there's more!). Go here if you would like to browse or give this particular gift of love.
Trey Rollins has been a friend to Love146 ever since we met him and the team at Brains on Fire (they volunteered their time and talent to help Love146 grow into our name. Please check them out). We just heard from Trey, apparently not only is he a creative genius, he's also a pretty cool musician. His new album will be released Dec. 15th and will include a song called "Hold your Breath" which was inspired by "146."
Thanks to Trey and all of our friends who are honoring "146" and the children she represents.