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You hold incredible influence. Harness that influence to encourage your representatives to act on behalf of the world’s poor to achieve the following goals, together.

Issues

PROTECTING REFUGEE GIRLS THROUGH EDUCATION

Supporting access to education for displaced children, including those who are most vulnerable.

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PREVENT & PROTECT CHILDREN FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Trafficking, one form of violence against children, can have a long-lasting impact on the health, development, and education of a child.

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USE YOUR VOICE

Senators and representatives are elected to Congress to represent you. Share what you would like them to do, what you are passionate about, and your opinion. Your voice matters.

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SUPPORT U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE

With reports of foreign assistance cuts being potentially as high as 30-40 percent, now is the time to speak out in support of foreign assistance and its life-saving programs. This small 1% of the U.S. budget saves lives.

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EVERY CHILD DESERVES A CHILDHOOD

Around the world, 152 million children are involved in child labor, including 73 million in hazardous forms of child labor in industries such as agriculture, mining, fishing, commercial sexual exploitation, and factories. Of these, 4.3 million are in forced labor.

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END PREVENTABLE DEATHS OF MOTHERS & CHILDREN BY 2030

Even though progress has been made over the last several decades in reducing mortality rates worldwide, nearly 5.6 million children still die each year before the age of 5 — from causes we can prevent.

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END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

Violence against children, in all its forms, takes a disastrous toll on the physical, mental, and social development of the more than 1 billion children around the world who are affected. They deserve a real childhood.

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INCREASE AID TO FAMILIES AND CHILDREN FLEEING WAR IN SYRIA

Syrian refugees are fleeing the same unspeakable violence that has now unsettled the rest of the world. The daily bloodshed plaguing Syria is forcing families to leave their homes — and their country — behind.

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PRAY FOR YOUR LEADERS

With reports of foreign assistance cuts being potentially as high as 30-40 percent, now is the time to speak out in support of foreign assistance and its life-saving programs. This small 1% of the U.S. budget saves lives.

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Global Goals for Sustainable Development

On September 25, 2015, 193 countries including the United States adopted a landmark and far-reaching agreement that would shape the direction of development for the next 15 years. These Global Goals, also referred to as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), spell out the progress that must take place and the means of measuring it. The ambition of the SDGs is staggering — or breathtaking, depending on your perspective! Learn more.

What are there Global Goals?

On September 25, 2015, 193 countries including the United States adopted a landmark and far-reaching agreement that would shape the direction of development for the next 15 years. These Global Goals, also referred to as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), spell out the progress that must take place and the means of measuring it.

What will these goals accomplish?

  1. Eliminate extreme poverty by 2030
    The World Bank defines “extreme poverty” as living on less than $1.90 a day — this often means going without adequate food and water, and lacking housing or shelter. This kind of crushing poverty can hinder opportunity and hope for those caught in it. The 193 nations agreed that for extreme poverty to end everywhere in the world in the next 15 years, we must all act in concert.
  2. Leave no one behind
    Measuring progress is often difficult, so the impulse is to go to accessible places where you can make changes and see results quickly. But this approach is no longer enough. The SDGs call us to go to the hard-to-reach places, like conflict zones, urban slums, and regions with poor governance. In such places, even small development gains are often not distributed equitably because of a lack of structure. The challenge in the next 15 years is to lift up the families traditionally left out of development plans — to focus on sustainable progress for the forgotten, the excluded, and the marginalized.
  3. Secure peaceful lives, peaceful communities, and a peaceful world
    The SDGs recognize that progress will always be somewhat constrained if parts of the global community are engaged in conflict, or are in constant upheaval. The Goals underscore the fact that peace is foundational for achieving equitable development and justice. Without peaceful communities and a peaceful world, we will only go part of the way to achieving what the SDGs aim to accomplish.

Meet with your member of Congress personally.

An in-district meeting — a visit with your member of Congress or one of his or her staff while they are home in your district — is the most effective form of advocacy you can do. Sign-up below and a World Vision Advocacy team member will be in touch to support you every step of the way. You can also check out our Resources page for tips and guides to help you get started.

After your meeting, please share the outcomes with us, by completing the meeting report form. This critical information impacts the success of future advocacy with those representatives.

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