Elaine Kim is the Love146 Task Force Facilitator, empowering Abolitionists all over the world with ways to end child trafficking and exploitation in their communities.
Last week, we refused to let H.R.1732 stay “just a bill” (School House Rock, anyone?) and ask Congress to recognize the overlap between the child welfare system and human trafficking.
Victims and children at risk of trafficking often come into contact with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
In New York City, for example, there are over 15,000 children in the foster care system, and a 2007 study shows that 75% of sexually exploited and trafficked children in New York City were in foster care at some point in their lives.*
H.R.1732 would establish training programs so child welfare agencies can better detect and respond to children who have been sexually trafficked or exploited.
Right now, the bill is in two committees, and we asked you to push the Congressmembers to get the bill one step closer to becoming a law.
And wow, what a response!
More than 500 of you tweeted to Congressmembers who can make a difference…
We got the attention of Congresswoman Karen Bass, the author of the bill…
287 of you sent an email to your local Congressmember petitioning them to support HR1732…
The Long Island Task Force is lobbying the New York representative in the committee on Education and the Workforce…
And we’re not done– let’s make sure HR1732 is enacted into law!
Sign a letter asking your representatives to support the bill: www.love146.org/HR1732
*footnote: Gragg, F., I. Petta, et al. 2007. New York prevalence study of commercially sexually exploited children. Rensselaer, N.Y.: New York State Office of Children and Family Services.