Ev­ery­one de­serves to be free

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY PEOPLE THE - By DANIEL BA­BALOLA

Ev­ery­one de­serves to be free, but over 40 mil­lion peo­ple are trapped in slav­ery to­day. On Thurs­day, June 25, the U.S. State De­part­ment re­leased the 2020 Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons (TIP) Re­port. The TIP Re­port sheds light on this hid­den crime and ranks 187 coun­tries, in­clud­ing the U.S., on their ef­forts to com­bat it.

As Gary Hau­gen, CEO of In­ter­na­tional Jus­tice Mis­sion says, “Noth­ing hap­pens just be­cause we are aware of mod­ern-day slav­ery, but noth­ing will ever hap­pen un­til we are.”

With the truth out there for all to see, we can no longer look away. Our mem­bers of Congress have the chance to rise above the par­ti­san bick­er­ing of the day and recom­mit them­selves to pro­tect­ing the in­tegrity of the TIP Re­port and the Amer­i­can-led pro­grams that help res­cue slaves and put their per­pe­tra­tors be­hind bars.

We’re count­ing on you, law­mak­ers, to use your voice and tip the scales to­wards jus­tice. If we can sum­mon suf­fi­cient po­lit­i­cal courage, we can end slav­ery in our life­time.

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