More than 40 faith leaders met with members of Congress about immigrant and refugee issues in April, during LIRS’s Lutheran Immigration Leadership Summit. As part of these meetings, Linda Hartke, CEO of LIRS, led a special delegation to present 725 anti-trafficking petitions to representatives of the White House. Thanks to friends like you who helped make these petitions possible through your support and advocacy!
The delegation encouraged the current administration to continue the fight to end human trafficking through legislation, enforcement, and services. Linda says the petitions provide a real chance to affect change:
“I am very thankful for all our supporters who took the time to learn about human trafficking, and for standing with LIRS in the fight to end trafficking. It’s a testament to LIRS’s great relationships with members of the administration that the meeting was secured. The administration places a high value on listening to voices of faith.”
The group also shared from the Bible how God demands we look after the poor and the oppressed, letting the administration know that Christians were actively committed to this cause. Linda says, “We wanted to underscore the urgency of the situation, and show the commitment of churches to partner in the fight through social ministries and personal responsibility.”
The delegation also discussed the importance of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, an important means of reducing the vulnerability of immigrants to being trafficked, by improving the overall system for immigration.
Thank you for taking the time to contribute to the petitions, and for partnering with LIRS, as we work together in the fight against human trafficking.