05 March 2020
Uyghur American Association (UAA) and Uyghur Human Rights Project ( UHRP) joined forces to lobby Democratic and Republican Senators during our two-day advocacy event. On Wednesday and Thursday (3/4 and 3/5), we met with over 20 Senate offices representing states across the country. Focusing on members of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Banking Committees, we lobbied for the swift passage of S.178 – Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. In addition, we updated Senators and their staff on forced labor, the growing Coronavirus threat, hunger, and other pertinent issues our people are facing in East Turkistan. We are thrilled that after meeting with Senator Todd Young of Indiana, He decided to become S.178’s 49th co-sponsor, bringing us closer to passing the bill! We are so thankful to Senator Young for his support, to the Senators and their staff who listened to our stories, and for the community members who joined us. Democracy in action works!