Urge Virginia Governor to Support Stronger Trafficking Laws!
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Urge Virginia Governor to Support Stronger Trafficking Laws!

    1. Petition by

      Polaris Project

Victims of human trafficking face a horrific life in which they are threatened, beaten, raped, starved, locked up, or psychologically manipulated- all for the financial profit of traffickers.

Please help support two critical pieces of legislation by calling your State Senators and telling them to vote YES on House Bills 1898 and 2190 as well as Senate Bill 1453.

Human trafficking is a brutal crime that lurks in the shadows and thrives on secrecy and isolation of victims. Victims of human trafficking face a horrific life in which they are threatened, beaten, raped, starved, locked up, or psychologically manipulated- all for the financial profit of traffickers. The crime is far more common in Virginia than one might think. Legislation that would expand the scope of laws that are used to prosecute human trafficking in Virginia and create a plan for delivering services to victims is crucial in the fight against modern-day slavery.

Virginia House Bill 1898 would criminalize the abduction of an adult for prostitution, extend abduction for prostitution to all minors, and criminalize receiving money for causing a person to become a victim of human trafficking. Virginia House Bill 2190 would require the Department of Social Services to develop a plan for identifying victims of human trafficking and delivering vital services such housing, health care, education, job training, and legal services. Both of these bill recently passed the House of Delegates and will be heading over to the Virginia Senate. Your support is needed!

House Bill 1898 would expand the scope of abduction for prostitution to both adults and children who are not currently covered under existing law. These changes would make Virginia’s laws against human trafficking substantially stronger and allow prosecutors to target those who abduct adults for the purposes of prostitution.

House Bill 2190 would create a plan for identifying victims of human trafficking and for delivering vital services that victims need to begin the recovery process. This plan would create for the first time, a coordinated response to victims of human trafficking for the delivery of resources they need and deserve.

Senate Bill 1453 authorizes the Department of Criminal Justice Services, in conjunction with the Attorney General, to advise law-enforcement agencies and attorneys for the Commonwealth regarding the identification, investigation, and prosecution of human trafficking offenses. This bill will result in the more efficient and effective targeting of human trafficking networks and rescue of victims of this horrible crime.

For more information on these bills, please visit our website

 

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Virginia's Anti-Trafficking Future Put in Bob McDonnell's Hands

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Over the past few months, hundreds of Change.org members have supported three Virginia state bills which would be some of the state's first and strongest laws in the fight against human trafficking. Thanks to advocacy from anti-trafficking...

    3. SB1453 passed the General Assembly. And after a very hard-fought session, HB1898 passed unanimously in both the House and Senate! Now all 3 bills are headed to the Governor's desk for his signature--urge him to sign them!

    4. HB1898 passed unanimoulsy in the Senate with amendments. Will now head back to the House for a vote!

    5. Interview: Virginia Delegate Adam Ebbin Fights for Anti-Trafficking Law

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      This week, a bill that would create one of the first laws in the state of Virginia to criminalize human trafficking and provide resources for trafficked victims will be voted on by the state senate. I caught up with Delegate Adam Ebbin, who...

    6. HB1898 - passed unanimously out of Senate Finance Committee and will soon go to the Senate Floor for a vote!

    7. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      A member of the notorious MS-13 gang was caught trafficking a 14-year-old girl in Virginia, demonstrating why the state needs a strong anti-trafficking law!

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Great news: HB1898 passed unanimously out of Courts of Justice today! It is headed to the Finance Committee.

    10. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      HB2190 has just passed unanimously out of the Virginia Senate and will now move onto the Conference Committee! In Conference Committees, members of the Virginia House and Senate will work to hammer out the details of the bill. After conference, the bill will go back to each house for a final vote. Now is the time to act, please help us reach our goal of 1,000 signatures by the end of the week!

    11. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      A Florida man is accused of sex trafficking women from Florida to New York with a stop to sell them in Virginia.

    12. Virginia Legislators on Cusp of Passing Critical Anti-Trafficking Laws

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      In just two short weeks, Virginia legislators will vote on two human trafficking bills that would provide critical resources to human trafficking victims in Virginia. The vote follows anti-trafficking organization Polaris Project's naming the state...

    13. Reached 250 signatures
    14. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      "Trafficking isn't limited to Thailand, it is happening in Tysons," - a letter from Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), pledging federal help to fight human trafficking in the state:

    15. A Quick Guide to Virginia’s New Human Trafficking Bills

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Last week, Change.org members were urged to support a group of new bills that promise to make a serious difference in how Virginia tackles human trafficking. Why is this legislation pressing? In 2009, 143 calls were made to the National Human...

    16. Reached 100 signatures
    17. Tell Legislators: Virginia is for Lovers, Not Sex Traffickers

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Virginia legislators have the opportunity to stop traffickers in their tracks — but they have to act now. A group of new bills promises to combat trafficking from multiple angles, by closing gaping loopholes in the existing state laws. Presently,...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Richard Sands SOUTHGATE, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I really would like to see this post, reposted, repeated and shared by everyone who visits my wall or finds this on his or her wall... I will indeed keep this at the top of my list each and every day until I know that everybody understands that, "more than four-fifths of the confirmed victims of sex trafficking - about 83 percent – were (are indeed) U.S. citizens,..." is a fact.

      http://richard-a-sands.blogspot.com/2011/05/ag-holder-admits-links-between-porn-and.html?spref=fb

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    • ashley pettus SAINT ANN, MO
      • about 3 years ago

      we will be locating to Virginia in July! Please protect these victims!

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    • Sr. Angela Milioto MONTEBELLO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Help put an end this this modern day slavery, this terrible crime against humanity.

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    • Tina Hayes NEW LEBANON, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      Governor, as a fellow American I urge you to sign these bills in order to protect those who are caught in the trap of human trafficking. It the least we can do. Thank you, God Bless!!!

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      • about 3 years ago

      This horrid crime of TRAFFICKING HUMAN PERSONS brings UN-believable misery into their lives--young children, teens, Women all are horribly treated for the profit of the "owner'.PLease encourage your State Senators to VOTE YES on House Bills 1898 & 2190 as well as Senate Bill 1453--VOTE YES on all 3 BILLS !! This HUMAN SLAVERY must be STOPPED__NOW!!! HELP VICTIMS RECOVER !!!!

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