Let Your Voice Be Heard

I was 14 years old wearing my handmade polka dot swiss dress and walking up the steps to our State Capitol building in Oklahoma City.  (yes, the only one in the USA with a working oil well on the front lawn)  I had received a coveted position as a House Page for 5 days.  At the time that translated to a week off of school and not much more.  My memories of that week now consist of the friendships forged with the other Pages, getting ice cream bars for the representatives while they were in the House Chamber, lots of ice cream bars, and the feeling that government was slow and not really relevant to life outside the Oklahoma Capitol oil well.

I’d like to invite you to join me in making it relevant.  I’ll be traveling to Washington DC on March 6 and I’ll have the opportunity to lobby for the passage of HR 2737 The Child Compact Act which addresses the issue of modern day slavery and human trafficking.

This legislation would help eradicate the exploitation of children for labor and commercial sex in developing countries by offering additional resources for law enforcement, victim relief and deterrence through apprehension and prosecution of traffickers.

I would like to take a suitcase full of letters and emails from you stating your support of this bill.  My one voice counts, but a multitude of voices will echo long and loud.  Here’s how to join me:

  1. Copy the letter below
  2. Paste it into an email to kathy.schreiber@easternhills.org
  3. Add your name and address to the bottom of the letter and send
  4. Let your friends know too

The $25 fee for an extra checked bag to carry all your emails would be money well spent.  I’ll be looking for your emails this week.

Please support the Child Protection Compact Act (HR 2737)

Dear Member of Congress:

I write to express support for the Child Protection Compact Act of 2009.

This legislation would help eradicate the exploitation of children for labor and commercial sex in developing countries by offering additional resources for law enforcement, victim relief and deterrence through apprehension and prosecution of traffickers.

UNICEF estimates that nearly two million children worldwide are exploited each year through commercial sex trade, and millions more are at risk in dangerous industries. These crimes are not the inevitable consequence of poverty. Rather, they indicate the failure of justice systems in developing countries to take the profit out of slavery by successfully investigating, prosecuting and convicting those who traffic in human beings.

The Child Protection Compact Act has been endorsed by International Justice Mission, World Vision, Amnesty International USA, Freedom House, Not for Sale, the SOLD Project, Polaris, Equality Now and Sojourners.

I urge you to become a sponsor of this important and innovative legislation, and help build public justice systems that protect the poor and vulnerable.

Sincerely,

[Your Name][Your Address][City, State ZIP]

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