To:State and Local League Presidents

From:LWVUS Board of Directors

Re:Notice of Intent to Propose Concurrence at Convention 2014

On the convention floor at Convention 2014 in Dallas, Texas, the LWVUS will be recommending the adoption of the following LWV of New Jersey position on Human Trafficking:

Human Trafficking:

Oppose all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking.

The League of Women Voters opposes all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking. We consider human trafficking to be a form of modern day slavery and believe that every measure should be taken and every effort should be made through legislation and changes in public policy to prevent human trafficking. Prosecution and penalization of traffickers and abusers should be established, and existing laws should be strictly enforced. Extensive essential services for victims should be applied where needed. Education and awareness programs on human trafficking should be established in our communities and in our schools.

The following information is being sent in compliance with LWVUS Bylaws, Article XII, Sec. 2. Program (c):

Arguments that Support a Concurrence on Human Trafficking:

  • While Leagues across the country have held educational meetings on the subject of human trafficking and trafficking awareness in their communities, with this position, the League at all levels will be able to advocate for stronger anti-trafficking laws and enforcement.
  • The League of Women Voters NGO Observers at the United Nations will be positioned to speak to the issue of human trafficking in which more people are enslaved today than during the transatlantic slave trade.
  • The LWVNJ and other Leagues have provided comprehensive background information online (see below) to share with your members.

Arguments that Oppose Concurrence on Human Trafficking:

  • Leagues should examine the issue of human trafficking by the traditional study method.

Rationale for using Convention Concurrence to Adopt these Positions:

Concurrence at Convention is a valid method of developing new League positions and over the years it has been used to adopt new positions ranging from the Violence Prevention position in 1994 to Marriage Equality in 2010. It is particularly useful for issues that are easily understood and where traditional local League based studies could be expected to reach the same conclusion as the proposed concurrence. The LWVUS Bylaws provide the authority for the adoption of positions by concurrence.

Background Information:

LWVNJ study and position:

Other League positions on Human Trafficking:

LWV Ohio:
LWV New York: (p.157)

LWV Houston, Texas:

LWV Texas will consider adopting a state position at their April 2014 convention: