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Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Congressional Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation and on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Hold Websites Accountable for Aiding and Abetting Human Trafficking

Did you know that when websites profit from the illegal activity of human trafficking, they are not held accountable? In the event that a company profits from the sale of victims of trafficking (including minors), they can use Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a defense. Section 230 provides websites with blanket immunity from “third party content”. This was designed to protect websites from being prosecuted when someone visiting their site posts inappropriate or even illegal content without the site’s knowledge or approval. It was NOT designed to grant immunity when a website actively PROFITS from third party content.  Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now is one of several anti-trafficking organizations that are seeking a change to the CDA.  In order to stop human trafficking, we must take action to make access to this crime more difficult. Section 230 had good intentions, but it has been used to protect various companies that profit from advertising sex trafficking of women and children.  If websites profit from crimes such as human trafficking, they should be held accountable.  We must urge lawmakers to amend the Communications Decency Act if we want to see a decrease in trafficking and exploitation in the US. Join us in asking Congress to amend  the Communications Decency Act so that 1. State and local law enforcement agencies have the authority to arrest and prosecute websites that advertise human trafficking victims and 2. The protections that websites currently enjoy from being held liable for third party content when they profit from that content is eliminated.

ENC Stop Human Trafficking NOW
6,692 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to New York State Senate

Proposal for Better Protection for child victims of sexual abuse.

Currently in NYS there is no law to stop predators that are serving sentence from obtaining pictures of children and their victims while in prison. Unless it is specified in a restraining order that a convicted sex offender can’t have photographs, they can. Who would have thought this would be something a victim’s family would even have to worry about, once their attacker was convicted? It should be a given that photos would not be allowed given the nature of the crime, and the sentence that follows. My granddaughter was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father. It had occurred over an extended period of time, and January of 2015, she finally was able to tell us what had happened. We spent 8 long months in and out of family and criminal court and in August 2015 he was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. Upon investigation, it was confirmed by the correctional facility that he indeed had pictures of his daughter, which in this case was his victim. Someone had mailed him pictures, and we still don’t know who and I was told nothing could be done to stop anyone from sending him any. This is so wrong! No convicted criminal of any sex crime, especially against a child should be allowed pictures of them, or any child for that matter. He is still abusing her behind bars! He is still able to look at her and see her. While I understand that our prisons are overcrowded and although the mail is checked, and the workers don’t know what crimes the prisoners are in there for, there needs to be a better system in place. There HAS to be a way to stop this! I spoke with the Superintendent of the prison. Sex offenders are in a different unit and that mail gets looked at by different people. That being said, if that is the case then they can be told about that particular section and should be to confiscate any pictures sent to the prisoners. I also think their needs to be penalties for those that send them. Nothing is impossible! There has to be a way to protect the innocent! The effects of this type of trauma last a lifetime. We see it every day. We see the pain and heartache our granddaughter goes through, as she is trying to deal with and survive this nightmare and the fact that someone she trusted took her childhood and made her grow up to fast. I would like to propose a law to stop these criminals from being allowed to obtain and have photos based on the nature on the crime. Kaelynn’s Law to Protect the Innocent. I am asking for your support on this. We need to be advocates for these children! We need to stop the abusers from still being able to abuse! Please sign and share this with as many people as you can. The more signatures,the more voices and the better chance someone will listen.                                                        

2,840 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Joseph Vallario, Kathleen Dumais, Bobby Zirkin, Mike Miller, Michael Busch

PASS The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act. Stop Serial Rapists & Child Molesters!

The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (HB301/SB270) is back in 2018! Tell your legislators #TimesUp on serial predators claiming consent and getting away with it. Thanks to sponsors Senator Jim Brochin and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary! Did you know? According to the CDC, one out of every five American women will experience rape during their lifetime. Every 98 seconds a person is sexually assaulted in this country. And every 8 minutes, that victim is child. Millions of men in the United States are also victims of rape. 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male. The vast majority of rapists will never be incarcerated. Only SIX out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. When victims finally get to court, they want to believe that justice is imminent. But the laws are stacked against them. In Maryland, serial predators are able to hide prior instances of rape and child molestation from juries. Today, in 2018, a defendant’s past predatory sex acts are not admitted as evidence during a trial… even if a clear pattern of assault or abuse can be established.  · If the defendant has a history of rape and assault, including any convictions—the jury will never know it. · If the defendant is a registered sex offender—the jury will never know it. · If there are other victims willing to testify and share their story—the jury will never know it. And while prosecutors cannot introduce this vital evidence, · Serial rapists can— and WILL— try to reference a victim’s sexual history despite rape shield laws. · Serial rapists can— and WILL—claim consent. · Serial rapists can—and WILL—rape again. We need your support. Help change the unimaginable reality Maryland’s victims of serial rapists and child molesters face every day. At least 35 jurisdictions and the federal government already have laws or rules enabling prosecutors to introduce this critical evidence.  It is time Maryland joined these states and stood up for survivors of rape and molestation. Sign this petition and help us to pass critical legislation that will close these loopholes, before serial rapists and child molesters continue victimizing our friends, family members, and neighbors. Sign NOW to tell your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly you won’t wait to help victims. Will they?

Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City
4,204 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Senator Clausen

Change Daycare/School Laws to better protect our kids/Close Hillside Learning Center

ATTENTION!!!!!For some reason people are having troubles signing the old petition. This petition was made so that people who have had issues signing the old one will still have a chance to sign and have their voices heard. These petitions are for the same exact cause and will be linked together as one. Thank You! Please do not double sign! LINK TO 1st PETITION --   STORY STARTS HERE! Hillside Learning Center is located in Hastings Minnesota. Last August, a teacher that was employed at this daycare was responsible for continuously restraining and then biting a 6-year old child with autism. This daycare has had a large amount of violations which you can look at in links below. DHS revoked the license of the daycare and the daycare appealed the action.  DHS and Hillside came to settlement agreement in which the owner and director must hand in their license as of March 1st, 2017.  The directors lawyer has clearly stated in a newspaper interview that their intentions are to have the husband of the soon to be ex-director be in charge and run the daycare instead of closing the doors. He will still need to get the license by March. Her husband helped and worked at Hillside also. He was seen at the daycare often and was responsible for some of the paperwork. The director states that "nothing is changing and Hillside is not closing" in the interview in Star Gazette Newspaper.  That is exactly the fear of many people!! We need to stand up and let them know we are not supporting it!! We won't stand for abuse and neglect of our children!  This petition is important for a few reasons.   Bringing awareness to the fact that daycare laws and policies need to be changed. We need stronger laws!  We need laws that are going to protect our children! We need cameras in the rooms! Stronger policies such as mandotory reporting of abuse to police immediatly and mandatory time limit when contacting parents after abuse! Not allowing for daycares to have their own investigations or interviews with children. Police should do that! Not allowing family members to apply and recieve a license for a daycare shut down by DHS.Stand up, link arms and give a voice to the children who were affected by the actions and neglect from this daycare or might be in the future! PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND KEEP THEM SAFE! Show Hillside and Government officials that we do not and will not support Hillside Learning Center keeping their doors open nor caring for our children! We will not support any daycare that has been shut down by DHS for good reason!! Asking Government officials to step in and make sure Hillside closes their doors for good. That no family members have the ability to take over or get provided a license to do so. They were ordered to hand in their license for a reason! Allowing family to take over changes nothing, just like the director stated! They publicly rubbed it in that they found a loop hole in the law!  Lets seal that loop hole so no other daycare can use it!!           DEMAND THEY CLOSE THE DOORS OF HILLSIDE LEARNING CENTER FOR GOOD! DEMAND THEY CHANGE LAWS AND PROTECT OUR KIDS BETTER!! STOP PROTECTING THE DAYCARES AND SCHOOLS WHEN THEY HURT OUR CHILDREN!! Please SIGN and then SHARE to show your support!! Thank you!!   FOR MORE INFORMATION CHECK OUT THESE LINKS BELOW!!! INFORMATION LINKS:  STAR GAZETTE FOX 9  DHS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT  DHS HILLSIDE LICENSE INFORMATION   PIONEER PRESS   Photo Credit of Main Photo: Hastings Star Gazette Newspaper Hastings, MN       

62 supporters