Wellstone to Join with Coalition at Press Conference to Introduce Legislation

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Subject: Wellstone to Join with Coalition at Press Conference to Introduce Legislation
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Mar 15 1999 - 14:36:29 EST


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>Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 12:08:15 -0500
>From: Jim_Farrell@wellstone.senate.gov (Jim Farrell)
>Subject: Wellstone
>To: morhant@igc.org
>
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jim
> Farrell or
> Andrew
> McDonald 202/224-8440
>
> ***Media Advisory***
>
> Wellstone to Join with Coalition at Press Conference
> to Introduce Legislation
> "The Wellstone International Trafficking of Women and Children
> Victim Protection Act"
>
> Women's and Family, Human Rights, Religious Groups
> Join Lawmakers to Push for End to International Trafficking in Women
> and Girls
>
> (Washington, D.C.) -- Senator Paul Wellstone will join members of
> Congress and leaders from women's and family organizations, religious
> groups, and the human rights community to introduce the "Wellstone
> International Trafficking of Women and Children Victim Protection Act
> of 1999," legislation condemning and combating the trafficking of
> human beings for the sex trade. Wellstone will be joined by activists
> who have worked to stop this serious human rights abuse, and by a
> victim with personal experience of this modern form of slavery.
>
> Women and children whose lives have been disrupted by civil wars or
> fundamental changes in political geography, such as the disintegration
> of the Soviet Union, have fallen prey to sex traffickers. Seeking
> financial security, many women are lured by traffickers' false
> promises of a better life and lucrative jobs abroad. These events are
> occurring not just in far off lands, but here at home in the US as
> well. In 1997, the FBI raided a massage parlor in downtown Bethesda,
> Maryland involved in the trafficking of Russian women in the United
> States.
>
> For Wellstone, a longtime advocate for human rights and a chief
> architect of the "Violence Against Women Act," this legislation
> reflects his deep commitment to addressing the problem of exploitation
> and crimes against women and children at home and abroad.
>
> WHAT: Press Conference to Introduce New Legislation
> The Wellstone International Trafficking of Women and
> Children
> Victim Protection Act
> WHEN: Tuesday, March 16th
> 11:00 am
> WHERE: Room 328A Russell Senate Building
> WHO: Senator Paul D. Wellstone (D-MN)
> Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY, 28th)
> A Victim of international trafficking of women
> International Human Rights Law Group
> Global Survival Network
> Human rights and women's groups
>
> ###
>

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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