Perhaps the most urgent provision within the women's equality agenda
is the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA) (S.7 - Lanza/A.506 - Paulin), which would create additional protections for women, men, and young people who are victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It is appalling and unconscionable that even one person should be enslaved in our state 150 years after our nation fought a war to end slavery. Unfortunately, many hardline pro-abortion elected officials-including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver-callously refuse to allow any women's equality agenda bills to become law unless they are accompanied by abortion expansion. Gov. Cuomo has even gone so far as to insult New York voters' intelligence by placing an
anti-human-trafficking poster on his website while refusing to insist on an immediate Assembly vote on the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act.
Gov. Cuomo, it is not enough to put an anti-trafficking poster on your website. We call upon you to insist upon the immediate passage of the TVPJA as a stand-alone bill. Speaker Silver, if you wish to position yourself as a pro-woman voice, do the right thing. Stop the obstructionist tactics and the extremist abortion politics, and allow the TVPJA to the Assembly floor for a vote. The time to act is now, and New
Yorkers will not wait.
TAKE ACTION: Visit New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms' legislative action center to encourage
Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and your Member of Assembly to do everything in their power to make the TVJPA law. Let them know that talking about the issue is not enough.