Crossroads GPS Urges Action on Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

Online Ads Target Leaders of “Unconscionable” Filibuster

WASHINGTON—Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) today announced a battery of new digital ads in four states, urging Senators to end the filibuster of bipartisan legislation aimed at combating human trafficking.  Crossroads GPS endorses S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which is being blocked by a filibuster over funding restriction language that was agreed to during committee consideration of the bill.

Crossroads GPS’ digital ads urge Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to drop their “unconscionable” filibuster and pass S. 178 for the benefit of victims of human trafficking, which includes kidnapping, modern-day slavery and forced prostitution.  S. 178 is supported by a broad array of victims’ advocates, human rights groups and law enforcement agencies.

“It’s mystifying why Senate Democrats keep following Harry Reid’s box-canyon strategy,” said Crossroads GPS president Steven Law.  “It is simply unconscionable for these Senators to block legislation aimed at helping women and children who are victims of modern-day slavery, and Americans need to hold them accountable for their obstructionism.”

This Crossroads GPS advocacy effort runs from March 24 to April 1, and includes the following:

  • $10,750 digital ad buy in Nevada; ad can be viewed here
  • $10,750 digital ad buy in Colorado; ad can be viewed here
  • $10,750 digital ad buy in Minnesota; ad can be viewed here
  • $10,750 digital ad buy in Missouri; ad can be viewed here

The ad buys are designed to target viewers who are likely to be concerned about the issue of human trafficking.  Crossroads GPS president Steven Law indicated this would not be the last time the organization would weigh in on the issue, if the filibuster of S. 178 continues. 


Crossroads GPS is a policy and grassroots advocacy organization that is committed to educating, equipping and mobilizing millions of American citizens to take action on the critical economic and legislative issues that will shape our nation’s future in the years ahead.