Fight Slave Labor by Restoring Crucial Federal Funding

Target: Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security

Goal: Fight back against slave labor with increased funding for our investigative agencies.

More than $400 billion in goods made by slave labor will enter the United States this year, a violation of federal and international law. Yet cuts to funding for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which enforces the ban, have continued for years, severely hampering their ability to fight back against profitable prison work, debt slavery, and child labor. This reduced funding has forced several key operations to be suspended, slowed the hiring of qualified staff, and limited reliable data critical to successfully enforcing the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, as the law in question is known.

The few seizures made in recent months of goods produced by slave labor have mostly originated in Xinjiang, China’s western-most province. “Re-education camps” in this region are thought to contain as many as 3 million prisoners, who are typically forced to produce goods including cotton products and rubber gloves, which have seen demand spike during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without the funding needed by the CBP to carry out this mission, the U.S. is failing its moral and legal obligations to combat slavery in any way it can. Sign the petition below to demand that funding be restored to enable the fight against forced labor to resume once more.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Acting Secretary Wolf,

As many as 20 million people worldwide are victims of labor trafficking, a fact which encouraged the passage of federal laws to fight back against those who subject them to cruel and abusive exploitation. However, years of cuts to funding for Customs and Border Protection have rendered this agency unable to investigate and intercept goods produced through forced labor.

I demand that you restore needed funding to allow the CBP to carry out their mission to protect those who are exploited. Prevent evil abusers and traffickers from profiteering off of their work.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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