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The Emancipation Proclamation and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Update: President Obama signed the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act on March 7, 2013.  Congress voted to reauthorize 286-138.

September 22, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the preliminary decree for the Emancipation Proclamation.  In honor of this landmark date, NYATN members Safe Horizon and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and ally Rabbis for Human Rights – North America wrote op-eds on the importance of reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the cornerstone of anti-trafficking law in the United States, which outlaws human trafficking, forced labor, and involuntary servitude.

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