We come to you at a time when
our state is caught in a whirlwind of turmoil over campaign finance and the
dismantling of the Government Accountability Board. We are also deeply disturbed. At the same time, let us not forget proposed
legislation that could impact some of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable.
As recently as last week, an
FBI sting rescued 149 child and adult victims of trafficking, several from
Wisconsin https://www.fbi.gov/milwaukee/press-releases/2015/fbi-announces-results-of-nationwide-human-trafficking-operation The victims experience
a form of modern-day slavery, and they need services to release them from the
clutches of their traffickers and to find a safe place to heal.
Today, we need your help to call upon Wisconsin’s
assembly and senate to clarify our law so that youth under 18 caught in
prostitution will always be directed to receive services as victims, and not be
treated as criminals. Please support the
bill in both houses: AB 267 and SB 200. The Assembly Committee on Children and Families will hold a
public hearing on the bill at the state capitol on
Wednesday, October 28th at 10:00 AM. We
invite you to attend (check with our LOPPW office email@example.com to ensure there is no time change and to
get the room number). If you cannot
attend, please take this opportunity to send a letter!
The Lutheran Office for Pubic
Policy in Wisconsin has worked with Cherish All Children over the last 18
months on a Safe Harbor Campaign. This
bill contains the qualities of a Safe Harbor bill. And after talking to experts on anti-sex
trafficking around the state via individual conversations and the Wisconsin
Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, it is clear that the current system is
broken. Consensus is that this bill will
be a springing board from which to better serve children and youth who have
experienced some of the severest abuse.
bill includes a fiscal estimate of between $3-$8.5 million to help with
services. That is a start. Our youth need and deserve the help.
ELCA Social Statement on Sexuality (p. 34): The
sexual body is never to be used as an object for commercial purposes, and this
church will speak against the public idolatry of pleasure, freedom, and wealth
that undergirds such practices. Especially deplorable is the billion-dollar
global sex market and the economic systems that thrive on it, both in the
United States and abroad.
Join us in urging Wisconsin to protect our young people!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
ELCA National Advocacy Network
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Colorado
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania
Lutheran Advocacy of Illinois
Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin
Middle East network
Migration Policy network
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