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Reform Jewish Movement Lauds Senate for Passage of Sexual Trafficking Bill

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Contact: Jeff Mandell, (202) 387-2800

Saperstein: "Today is a day that the U.S. Senate lived up to the great promise of the United States and its novel experiment of declaring liberty and justice for all. By passing essential human trafficking legislation the Senate has followed the House in declaring the importance of human rights for everyone."

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2000 - In response to this evening's bipartisan Senate passage of the International Trafficking of Women and Children Victim Protection Act (S. 600), Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Today is a day that the U.S. Senate lived up to the great promise of the United States and its novel experiment of declaring liberty and justice for all. By passing essential human trafficking legislation the Senate has followed the House in declaring the importance of human rights for everyone. This legislation will protect the nearly two million women who are captured, trafficked, and enslaved each year because it appropriately addresses the core problems: prevention of trafficking, protection of trafficking's victims, and prosecution of trafficking's perpetrators. We encourage members of Congress, from both the House and Senate, to work quickly and diligently on compromises in their trafficking bills, and we look forward to the day the President can affix his signature to international trafficking legislation. The Talmud teaches us that, "One person was created to teach us the sanctity and importance of every life, for one who destroys one life, it is as if he destroys an entire world, and one who saves one life, it is as if he saves an entire world." Today the Senate has saved countless worlds.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) whose membership includes over 1700 Reform rabbis.



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