Advocacy Letter Writing Project
- Find a bill currently being discussed in the state congresses and write an advocacy letter for the bill. You must include the Bill’s Name & Number in letter.
SB 982: Human Trafficking Education in Schools
GENERAL BILL by Senator Perry E. Thurston Jr.
My bill is advocating that health education in public schools need to include information on Human Trafficking, allowing students to opt out providing the school with a written note from his or her parent. The addition of Human Trafficking will highlight the warning signs of human trafficking, words and phrases used by traffickers, red flags that would indicate a trafficker’s malicious intent toward a student, websites that are popular with traffickers, and details on how a student may get help.
- Paraphrasing and citing current research that supports your argument. You must paraphrase the information you get from your academic sources! No quotes! Below is NOT paraphrased.
I need a total of six (6) findings incorporated in paragraphs 3/4 which flows appropriately with the paper. Below are the six facts:
- In 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people were trafficked globally; one in four were children.
· Women and girls constitute approximately 98% of the individuals trafficked for sex, with approximately 25% accounting for individuals below age 18
- According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, of these 20.9 million people, 68% are in forced labor, 26% are children, and 55% are females
- A recent study among female sex workers (FSWs) in northern Mexico found that 1 in 4 were sex trafficked when younger than 18 years and that those who were sex trafficked as minors were 3 times more likely to acquire HIV
- Approximately 1.2 million children are trafficked for sexual exploitation worldwide, Average age of entry into HST is 12-14 years
- Human trafficking (HT) involves forced exploitation of others & is a major public health issue
- Make sure to address the letter to your congressional representative either in the FL House or FL Senate, which means you are responsible for looking up the person’s name and LOCAL work address. You must address it to the right person otherwise it may end up in her/his trash.
Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr.
2151 NW 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Senate VOIP: 43300
FAX (888) 284-6086
- As you review and proofread your advocacy letter, use the following Intellectual Standards and ask yourself the questions to ensure your thought process is high quality.
|Accuracy||Did you provide appropriate information, so the reader can find out if what you said was true?|
|Relevance||Have you demonstrated how the information you provided relates specifically to the bill being discussed?|
|Depth||Did you consider the factors that informed your decision to be for or against the bill?|
|Logic||Does your argument follow from the evidence? Does your first paragraph fit in with your last one?|
|Fairness||Have you systematically represented the viewpoints of others (peer reviewed articles)?|
- The paper must be written in business letter format.
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- Next page shows the format the letter should be in.
Dear Senator Perry E Thurston Jr.:
– Lead with your request by asking for the politician to support the bill, including the specific bill name and number(s). [Exp. I am writing as a constituent to encourage you to support (state title of bill) /Senate Bill No. —-]
– Paraphrase (meaning write in your own words) what the bill is about
– Clearly state and describe what the bill would do and why it is good for Floridians
– Explain who you are and why you are supporting the bill. [Exp. I want to share with you my story (or your experience, observations, concerns etc.) about the importance of...] Give an engaging and believable story of how my great grandmother from Haiti was involved in human sex trafficking when she was a child and managed to escape.
-Make sure you clearly identify and systematically break down why this bill is important to you and other Floridians
Paragraph 3 & 4:
– Start by explaining your opposition’s reasoning (meaning you are asking for support, explain why others would want the bill rejected)
– Then provide SIX findings that support your stand and show why your opposition lacks creditability. [You must paraphrase information from academic sources.}
– Make sure the SIX different findings flow together logically in the paragraph
– Make sure you underline the six research findings.
– Write a conclusion that is comprehensive, logical, and reflects your thoughts on the passage of the bill
– Thank the politician for taking the time to read your letter and ask for the politician to write you back
[Your Signature SIGNED] Jane Doe