1. Petition to end forced labor in Vietnam:
All over Vietnam, some 40,000 men, women, and children are being held against their will and forced to work for up to four years in centers run by the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor. The victims are held without a hearing or a trial in a court of law after testing positive for illegal drugs. Some people, in desperate need of medical treatment for drug addiction, have even entered the centers voluntarily to find too late that medical treatment is not offered, but that they are not free to leave and now have to work shelling cashews or sewing garments for private companies. Before rewarding Vietnam with the benefits of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership [Free Trade] Agreement, we call on the USTR to join with the United Nations to denounce the Vietnamese Government’s sponsorship of forced labor, and to demand that Vietnam permanently close the forced labor centers.
---> Sign a petition today to call for an end to state-sponsored forced labor in Vietnam: http://action.laborrights.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2769
2. TVPRA in the House!
Just last week, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) was introduced in the House of Representatives. This bi-partisan bill renews and strengthens the legislation that established U.S. programs to fight slavery at home and abroad. Many of you joined us in asking the Senate to pass the TVPRA. Now we have an opportunity to urge the House to do the same - and we need your help.
Current legislation governing U.S. anti-trafficking programs expires in a few short weeks. Let’s remind Congress that they have an opportunity to impact the lives of children, women and men living in slavery today.
---> Please take one minute NOW to urge your Representative to co-sponsor the TVPRA: