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Letter to Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) Supporting Their Efforts as Co-chairs of the Human Trafficking Caucus

July 21, 2009

Dear Representatives Maloney and Smith:

The National Education Association would like to express our support for the efforts of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus to stop the trafficking and exploitation of workers in the developing world.  NEA members are committed to the protection of human rights and strongly oppose the exploitation of women, children, and other vulnerable populations around the world.

Earlier this month, the over 8,000 delegates to the NEA annual Representative Assembly adopted NEA’s revised Legislative Program, including language supporting “action by Congress to support a demand to end slavery, genocide, violence, and atrocities worldwide” and “severe punishments for traffickers of forced labor and protections for victims.”  The work of the Human Trafficking Caucus is critical to achieving these goals.

As you continue your work, we hope you will examine ways that Congress and the Administration can:

  • Support diplomatic efforts to abolish slavery and trafficking, both at the State Department and at embassies abroad;
  • Support foreign assistance to fight slavery, trafficking and the worst forms of child labor by supporting an expanded budget to take on some of the cruelest and most wide-spread crimes in the world today;
  • Help ensure that U.S. reporting on and investigation of slavery, trafficking and the worst forms of child labor is maintained, enlarged, and is scrupulously honest; and
  • Take the profit out of labor abuse and exploitation by supporting U.S. trade legislation that encourages governments and producers to develop and enforce standards to eliminate forced labor. 

We thank you for your leadership and look forward to working with you on these very important issues. 


Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy