Whether you are a survivor or someone who desires to see an end to modern-day slavery, everyone has the power to affect trafficking policy on every level. Let your local, state and federal representatives know you expect them to pass legislation that will crack down on traffickers and provide victims with the support services they need to put their lives back together. You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to get a listing for your local policy makers and refer to the Library of Congress for bills that are currently under review.
Going on now...
CAST is continuously working with Congress to pass legislation to help abolish slavery and trafficking and provide victims with crucial services. Here is what is going on now...
Action Steps You Can Take Today!
Call or email your California Senator and ask them to vote for SB 516 and SB 738. Calls or letters can be sent until Tuesday May 28, 2013 COB. It’s easy to find your California Senator’s contact information at: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html
Sample Call to Make to Your Senator:
Either leave a voice message or simply talk to the receptionist:
“My name is ___ and I live at ______________ (your address). I'm calling to ask the Senator to Support SB 516 (Steinberg) to prevent human trafficking among foreign labor recruiters who bring workers to California and to support SB 573 (Yee) to better address the issues of child trafficking in our child welfare systems.
CAST is sponsoring two pieces of CA legislation this year that address human trafficking in our state, and both pieces of legislation will be voted on the Senate Floor as early as Tuesday (5/28/13) of next week. Therefore we need your help. Please call or fax a letter of support to your Senators and ask them to support both pieces of legislation described below.
SB 516 takes a multi-prong approach to preventing human trafficking in California by Foreign Labor recruiters. Foreign labor contractors will be required to provide full and fair information to foreign workers, in a language they understand, about the terms and conditions of work in California.
SB 516 Factsheet
SB 738 would help provide better care for all minor victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation-both sex and labor trafficking. SB 738 proposes that a juvenile victim of human trafficking be eligible for juvenile dependency
SB 738 Factsheet
Organization representatives, please join CAST in submitting letters of support for the California Foreign Labor Contracting Bill (SB 516), and the Yee Safe Harbor Bill (SB 738).
SB 738 Letter of Support Template
SB 516 Letter of Support Template
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Policy and Legal Services Director, Stephanie Richard, at firstname.lastname@example.org
CAST's California Legislative Collaborative on Human Trafficking (CLCHT)
What: A forum for practitioners, experts, and those interested in human trafficking in California to come together to discuss current trafficking related legislation in California and receive insight and guidance on policy advocacy.
When: Conference Call: 11:00am-12:00pm, last Friday of every month
To register for the monthly call please e-mail email@example.com
To find out how to contact your representatives in the California State Legislature, visit: www.leginfo.ca.gov