STOP ORGAN TRAFFICKING NOW!
Working to Protect the Rights of Living Organ Donors
Stop Organ Trafficking Now! is a project of two non-profit organization: The Center for Ethical Solutions, which is a non-partisan think tank working on solving the organ shortage and the American Living Organ Donor Network, which is a charity that supports living organ donors in their journey from considering donation to dealing with donation related problems post donation. The SOTN project is committed to (1) making it easier for American living organ donors to donate organs under safe and financially secure conditions, and (2) stopping illegal organ trafficking by making it easier for Americans to help their fellow Americans.
America has an organ supply crisis—a huge supply-demand gap! It’s causing too many preventable fatalities that can be avoided by making our organ donation system more responsive to the needs of both transplant recipients and donors.
In the United States, about 20-30 people die every day waiting for an organ donation that never comes
We must make organ donation easier at home so those who need them don’t resort to the dangerous and exploitative black market in organs.
Help us help living donors save lives now
Our sister charity — the American Living Organ Donor Fund is always in need of donation and people willing to volunteer as fundraisers or living organ donors willing to work as mentors.
If you are looking to help save lives right away please consider donating to the American Living Organ Donor Fund which helps living organ donors meet their non-medical out-of-pocket expenses. In all cases the ALODF makes donation easier, but in some it even makes donation possible. ALODF is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) public charity so your donation is 100% tax deductible.
Australia, Israel, Ireland, Canada, Netherlands, and others, but not the United States — at least not yet.
The current law–National Organ Transplant Act of 1984–unintentionally makes it harder for Americans to be living donors. We seek to address the needs of individuals who are waiting for a kidney under the current system and the needs of living donors in order to make it easier for living donors to donate. We also seek to strengthen the penalties for illegal organ trafficking.
Please sign the SOTN petition below, under Call for Action.
Note: Open Letter to Secretary of HHS by renowned members of the transplant and ethics communities advocating that the Secretary consider appointing a task force to study the problem the SOTN proposal if implemented will help solve. Consensus statement in American Journal of Transplantation — includes statement that all living organ donors’ expenses, including lost wages, should be covered by government.
The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran
by Sigrid Fry-Revere.
Learn more about the book that helped launch the living organ donors rights movement in the United States
Learn more by watching Sigrid’s TEDMED talk
WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN
For the names and addresses of the Congressional Representatives and Senators for where you live:
Find My Representative
Click and play this video to learn more about the petition and the people it will help
Please add your voice to the thousands of people who can be helped by reforming American attitudes and laws. Sign our petition to introduce and pass The “Stop Trafficking in Organ Procurement and Transplant Improvement Act of 2014” (SOTN Act), or similar bill, in Congress
An article about the SOTN proposal made the Aspen Institute’s five best ideas of the day – see # 2 at Aspen Institute. The article describing the SOTN idea is at New Republic.
PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE AMERICAN LIVING ORGAN DONOR FUND. See the website here.
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Chart of Living Organ Donor Policies
© CES, ALODF. Compiled by Vandana Apte
New Trend Among Some Countries to Implement Polices to Provide Living Organ Donor Benefits. See the memo here.