United Way Worldwide CEO Brian A. Gallagher sent a letter to leaders in Washington urging them to reach a bipartisan compromise on human trafficking legislation. The political gridlock in Washington is putting at risk critical investments for victims of trafficking both in the U.S. and abroad.
"At a moment when the health, economic security and safety of the 21 million victims is already compromised, we cannot afford to delay supports and programs that combat human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.
As Congress considers a path forward for anti-trafficking legislation, we respectfully request that politics be put aside in order to pass a bipartisan, common-sense solution. While our country engages in robust debates and strong differences of opinion on many important issues affecting federal legislation, we ask that you consider the damage that could occur to victims of trafficking in the United States and globally if Congress does not act to pass legislation that scales the response to egregious abuses of children and vulnerable adults.
We urge Congressional Leadership and every United States Senator to reach across the aisle and work together to set aside differences in order to progress legislation that protects and serves the needs of human trafficking survivors."