If we want our government to act on human trafficking issues—and rescue the 27 million slaves in today’s world—we need champions in Congress to fight for crucial resources and keep pace with this evolving crime. 

The Congressional Scorecard shows how your lawmakers have supported efforts to help men, women and children enslaved both at home and abroad. 


How does the Scorecard work?

We calculated each Member of Congress’ score by looking at their record over the last four years and using a point system to rank them in three tiers: Champion, Leader or Supporter. Members without a ranking have not yet taken action on trafficking and slavery issues.

We score every Member of Congress on opportunities they all share, such as voting on a specific bill related to human trafficking. A Member can gain additional points for taking individual initiative—like writing a Dear Colleague letter, sending a relevant press release or making an important speech—that advances the anti-slavery movement.

Have questions about how we assign points? Email us.


What legislation does the Scorecard evaluate?

Members of Congress can gain points for sponsoring anti-trafficking bills, or they can lose points for sponsoring legislation counter-productive to the fight.

To gauge each Member’s commitment to protecting the oppressed around the world, we looked at a wide range of legislation—even bills not directly tied to anti-trafficking efforts.

For example, the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act was designed to prevent the marriage of children under the legal age of the country (or 18 in countries with no law). Child marriage is not an issue IJM addresses, but Members who supported this bill are clearly concerned about children and would likely support other related bills.

Here’s some of the legislation we evaluated:

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