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Advocate in YOUR Backyard :)
Advocate to End Slavery in Your Own Backyard :)
The fight to end slavery comes to your state and city! Over the past three years, the Not For Sale Campaign has been building the infrastructure and momentum needed to fight human trafficking at the local level. With operations running in half of the states in the US -- with more being added every month -- the time has come for YOU to join the movement in your own backyard.
Step 1: Get Updated... Add your location info to our contact list by inputting your email HERE
so we can equip you to engage locally in your own backyard.
Step 2: Get Connected... with your local operation, and be ready to respond to NFS Action Calls for your state.
Step 3: Get Inspired... Check out the stories below of advocates like you making a difference in their own backyards.
A Win in San Francisco
The Not For Sale Campaign began investigating modern-day slavery in San Francisco over three years ago. Throughout this time the campaign has identified gaps in legislation, impeding the city's efforts to regulate and monitor the massage parlor industry (an extremely high-probability industry for sex trafficking.) Legislation which would correct this problem, introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu and Mayor Gavin Newsom, passed with a near unanimous vote this week!
The new legislation will increase transparency and provide additional regulation over the massage industry. Not For Sale Campaign President, David Batstone, provided testimony in support of both pieces of legislation. This new legislation enhances the ability of the city to revoke licenses from high-probability industries and increases cooperation and dialogue between various regulating agencies, needed changes Batstone has advocated for since the beginning of the campaign.
Tide is Turning in Texas!
The recent legislative session in Texas had 14 bills introduced pertaining directly or indirectly with Human Trafficking and Slavery. Although not all of them made it to the floor, four were enrolled and signed!
Dennis Mark, NFS Texas (NFS-TX) State Co-Director was influential in working with several legislators and their staffers including, State Senators Dan Patrick, Leticia Van de Putte and Tommy Williams and State Representatives Rafael Anchia, Senfronia Thompson, and Randy Weber. Dennis testified on the majority of the bills and NFS-TX was instrumental in voicing support for each piece. The various pieces of legislature increase funding for survivors of trafficking (SB1969), give victims the ability to sue traffickers for civil damages (HB533), allow counties to regulate high-probability industries (HB2094), and create a state task-force to assist domestic victims (HB4009).
Advocating for Minor Victims in Georgia
Not For Sale Georgia (NFS-GA) has been actively involved in supporting state legislation that will benefit victims of trafficking, especially in the area of child sex slavery. NFS-GA has worked alongside partners StreetGRACE, Wellspring Living, A Future. Not a Past., and the Barton Child Policy Clinic at Emory Law School to successfully change the wording in the child abuse reporting law that had previously restricted who in the child abuse system would have to report child sexual exploitation. With the passage of this bill, NFS-GA was able to pave the way for hundreds of Georgia's children to receive new avenues of care.
Recently, NFS-GA with the help of Soumya Kantamneni, a rising second-year law student at George Washington University Law School, has been promoting HB 582. This bill would change how minors are classified within the sex industry. The bill would exempt minors from prosecution as prostitutes and will instead treat them as potential victims of exploitation.
Third Effort in Massachusetts Shows Hope!
Some legislatures would give up on a bill after seeing it defeated twice. Fortunately for victims of human trafficking, Senator Mark Montigny is not that man. Bill S58, with 23 Senate and 24 representative co-sponsors, including the chairs of the Joint Committee on Children and Families, Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton) and Sen. Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham), has been reintroduced for a 3rd time. If signed into law, Bill S58 will increase the civil and criminal penalties individuals convicted of trafficking pay. The bill will create a trust fund for victims where fines paid by traffickers will be deposited to help subsidize legal, health, and social services, in addition to paying wage compensation.
This essential bill is meant to confront human trafficking and support victims of modern-day slavery. With overwhelming bi-partisan support, the bill has tremendous momentum -- thanks in large part to a committed task-force, Senator, and supportive advocates!
Not For Sale MA is working alongside Amnesty International's Firefly coalition to raise a grassroots movement in support of this bill, ensuring that senators and representatives do not let internal political issues or the budget crisis block the way for progress in fighting human trafficking within MA
Together, we can end modern slavery in our neighborhoods.
Not For Sale Campaign | PO Box 37035 | 122 Seacliff Court | Montara | CA | 94037
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