SlaveFree Madison urges consideration of the International Justice Mission’s (IJM) campaign calling on President Obama to become a leader in ending human trafficking. The IJM is asking President Obama to challenge the United Nations to collectively work to abolish human trafficking in his 2012 address to the United Nations General Assembly.
The online letter to the President states:
Dear President Obama:
Next year, our country will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Although slavery is illegal almost everywhere in the world today, it endures at home and abroad. We respectfully call upon you to make the United States a leader in the fight to end slavery - again.
Americans want to end slavery once and for all. The U.S. government can play a powerful role in fighting this crime by supporting robust law enforcement and victim relief at home and abroad.
This year, we urge you to make our country a leader in the fight to end modern-day slavery by:
Taking a stand: In your 2012 Address to the U.N. General Assembly, charge the nations gathered to abolish modern-day slavery.
Getting slavery out of U.S. supply chains: When you authorize trade preference programs and free trade agreements, require that our partners take steps to ensure their supply chains are slavery-free, and insist that all U.S. government contracts include supply chain transparency requirements, so that we can ensure our tax dollars are never spent on slave-made goods.
Providing diplomatic support: Call on U.S. diplomats to work with foreign governments on high-level strategies to rescue victims of slavery and trafficking, apprehend perpetrators and eradicate the crime.
Funding the fight: Develop a Presidential Fund to Eradicate Slavery through the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons that will provide resources to help 15 "Focus Countries" end trafficking, and develop a Global Fund to Eradicate Slavery with other donor countries and private sources this year to announce at the 2013 meeting of the G-8.
It is time to take a stand so we can bring an end to slavery in our lifetime.
If you wish to support this effort, please click on the following link to sign the letter online: http://www.ijm.org/content/state-of-the-union