On Dec. 10, Congress passed historic anti-trafficking legislation. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) passed both the House and the Senate within several hours. That timely victory was more than two years in the making and represents the triumph of one man’s passion and a broad coalition’s power.
It is safe to say the legislation would not exist without the wholehearted passion and the incredible commitment, dedication, skill and determination of Michael Horowitz, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, who has for more than a decade presided over a loose, broad-based coalition of left-right activists who unite in opposition to human slavery and exploitation but differ on almost every other issue. Keeping that group of diverse leaders united and focused is in itself a monumental accomplishment. But satisfying the different expectations required a rare level of expertise indeed.
By Janice Shaw Crouse
The Washington Times
It is also safe to say the legislative victory would have been impossible without the grass-roots involvement of organizations like Concerned Women for America and the Southern Baptist Convention – two conservative groups that have been intimately and extensively involved in the nitty-gritty lobbying and negotiating essential to passage of the legislation. It is rare for conservative groups to get headlines for their involvement in what is commonly referred to as “social justice” issues, yet CWA, the Southern Baptists, and the Salvation Army, along with many other evangelical organizations, are usually found in the trenches when such battles are being waged, whether domestically or internationally. Certainly, in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation and labor slavery, conservative leaders are essential to success.
Further, this legislation is an outstanding achievement of the Bush administration, who first called the crime of human trafficking “modern-day slavery.” From the outset, President Bush was an outspoken champion of those who are sexually exploited and used as a commercial commodity. He spoke at the United Nations and on national broadcasts about the necessity for protecting women and girls entrapped by the criminal networks who traffic in human beings. No doubt, Mr. Bush’s support of anti-trafficking efforts will be a major legacy of the Bush administration.