human trafficking

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Petition to California Governor

Governor Brown: Please free human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan

My friend Sara Kruzan was a victim of human trafficking when she was 13 years old, and was trapped for three years in a cycle of sexual, physical, and mental abuse. Night after night, Sara was sexually exploited for her abuser’s gain. Then, after years of torture and exploitation, she shot and killed her trafficker and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. She was just sixteen years old. Sara has been in prison for nearly two decades now. When I learned about her story and that she was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after living a life of horrific violence and abuse, I was devastated but inspired to fight for her. And now Sara is on the verge of being free.  On Jan 18, 2013 Sara’s sentence was reduced to second degree murder and since she had already served 18 years, Sara was fast-tracked to parole. Now, California Governor Jerry Brown has only a few weeks left to sign off on Sara's parole. I need your help to bring her home.  I started this petition for Sara because while I can't help all human trafficking victims, I can help one. I really believe that each survivor matters.  Will you sign my petition and show Gov. Brown that there is public support for granting her parole? Sara was arrested and tried in 1994, before anyone was using the term "human trafficking" and when the country was still struggling to understand issues like domestic violence and pimp control that give one person coercive control over another. There was no expert witness at Sara's trial to explain how her years of repeated rape, trauma, and abuse had affected her actions. There was no expert to tell the jury that with counseling, support, and care, Sara could heal from her traumatic past and grow to be a strong and moral woman. In June, the California Parole Board reviewed her case and signed off on granting Sara’s parole.  Her case currently is in the California Governor’s office waiting for Governor Jerry Brown’s final consideration. He can free Sara.  Now 35, Sara has spent her life in prison as a model prisoner. Governor Brown signed a bill this year that allows juveniles sentenced to live without parole to have their cases reviewed - so we know he understands cases like Sara's. With the parole board recommending that Sara be released, he now needs to hear from the public that he should approve Sara's parole. That's why your signature is so important to helping free my friend. 

Carrie Christie
256,010 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Supreme Court

End Child Abuse and Neglect In America

"I was raised being violently physically, emotionally and sexually abused. Because of being raised this way, I am deeply passionate about imploring upon the government to focus on and get strict about the epidemic of child abuse and neglect in America." Vennie Kocsis, author of "Cult Child."  In 2019, America had 656,243 reported cases of child abuse. 67,678 cases were some form of physical/sexual abuse. The remainder of the cases were the most common form of abuse, maltreatment/neglect, 1,719 resulted in death. (from These statistics do not include deaths by faith healing, results of unreported births and/or unreported births that resulted in death. The most common ages of abuses resulting in death are children under five years of age.  The United Nations General Assembly in November 2007 established the post of Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children. The resolution encourages the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to cooperate with and support the Special Representative. Much of the violence against children, including physical violence, psychological violence, discrimination, neglect, and maltreatment, remains hidden and is often socially approved. Although the consequences may vary according to the nature and severity of the violence inflicted, the short- and long-term repercussions for children are very often grave and damaging. The physical, emotional, and psychological scars of violence can have severe implications for a child's development, health, and ability to learn. "Violence against children is a violation of their human rights, a disturbing reality of our societies,” says Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “It can never be justified whether for disciplinary reasons or cultural tradition." We want Congress to pass a Federal Law which would make every person (citizen or not) who is involved in a child's life, a mandatory reporter and require this person to report, should they witness neglect and/or abuse of a child/children. We want Congress to make it illegal to publish child abuse literature. Examples are online book publishers selling books such as "Raising Godly Tomatoes," in which the author describes methodically beating a toddler for hours to train them to obediently walk to her, and "To Train Up a Child," another child abuse book in which the authors promote using a willowy branch or a 1'ft ruler for children under one years of age, and for older children, a larger branch or belt.  If the abuse and/or abuse supporting literature is not reported, ALL party’s privy to the abuse, or abuse promotion, will be charged with child abuse. It is time to get as hardcore about protecting the rights of all children, from birth to legal age of 18, as we are about protecting the rights of adults and unborn children. Current Mandatory Reporting Laws Mandatory reporter laws establish certain professionals and/or individuals as mandatory reporters. These laws typically require people who work closely with children in their profession to alert police or the appropriate authorities as to suspected abuse. As of March 2012, there are also 18 states whose laws require all citizens with knowledge or suspicion of abuse to report it to the proper authorities. The law also states the penalties for failing to report abuse. The Administration of Children & Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains the Child Welfare Information Gateway which includes information on mandatory reporting, along with specific state laws. It is always advisable for individuals or professionals seeking information on their state mandatory reporter laws to refer to their state government’s website for the specific legislation. Statute of Limitations A statute of limitations is the deadline for filing a lawsuit against an abuser. Most lawsuits must be filed within a certain amount of time from when the crime was committed or discovered. Statutes of limitations vary from state to state and claim to claim. They also differ for criminal versus civil claims. States also vary in how they classify types of abuse. Visit your state government’s website for the statutes in your state. You can also read more and see a listing of statutes by state at Example: If you are 18 years of age and your abuse happened as recent as 15/16 years of age, a lawsuit can be filed against all party’s who enacted the abuse and were privy to the abuse.  Please start with making a report to your local police department and child protective services. If you are a child being abused and/or with siblings being abused, and you can do so, document as much as you can through videos, photos or a secret journal documenting abuses and neglect. Make sure to add the date and time to your documentation. A great example of abuse documentation was a 13-year-old sexual abuse victim, who used her wall calendar to document every time abuse happened. She created a coding of check marks and passed it off that she was making sure to take care of her daily responsibilities. We understand that documenting may not be easy. We hope that should an abuse victim happen upon this petition, that a seed may be planted to help you begin your way out. Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Amendments of 1996 The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1996 (CAPTA) is an important part of the federal child welfare policy continuum. It provides a framework and resources for states and tribes in their response to child abuse and neglect as well as critical resources to communities to strengthen families and promote child and family well-being. Read CAPTA in its entirety here: How We Will Use Your Signature 1. Implore upon the Federal government to force publishers and retailers to remove "Raising Godly Tomatoes" and "To Train Up a Child" and all child abuse literature from their site per The Child Abuse Prevention Act of 1996, passed into public law 104-235 by the 104th Congress. 2. To implore upon the Federal government to not allow Freedom of Religion to be used as a defense for the physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse and/or neglect of a child. 3. To implore upon the Federal government to not allow any Freedom of Religion acts to supersede The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Acts of 1996 4. Ask the Federal government to fund and put in place a special commission to enforce The Child Abuse Prevention Act of 1996.  The special commission will investigate states, their policies and ensure that all states are adhering to The Child Abuse Prevention Act, and doing proper duty to insure that state employees are properly trained and funding appropriate as to inspire state workers to gain more education, and not be overloaded with cases. That the states have hired the appropriate amount of workers to properly investigate child abuse claims. That the investigative reports be proper and complete, and that monies granted to states under The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1996, be focused on the prevention of child abuse and that there be no misappropriation of funding granted. 5. Ask the Federal government to implement required parenting classes for parents with children in both public and home-schooled environments, to attend parenting classes which will provide neutral and positive alternatives for parents to learn and implement in the process of raising their children. We believe that given alternatives, most parents will utilize these child-friendly tools and not abuse their children. These requests may feel stifling to some individuals reading. However, we feel that until every child in America is safe, and parents are adhering to safe and positive parenting which does not include any abuses outlined in The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1996, it is imperative for the future of America, that we recognize child abuse and neglect as an epidemic for which the U.S. Government must intervene in order to mandate safe childhood environments for our future generations. The petition will be sent to: The Us House of Representatives217 Ford House Office BuildingWashington, DC Supreme Court of the United States1 First Street, NEWashington, DC 20543 The U.S. Department of Health & Human ServicesHubert H. Humphrey Building200 Independence Avenue, S.W.Washington, D.C. 20201 We are working with a local representative to bring this petition to the forefront. Thank you for caring about the protection of children. Your voice matters. 

Vennie Kocsis
410 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Donald J Trump, President of the United States

Collenna's law Stop Forced Adoptions In The United States   *_*, FOR  EVERY *_*, MOTHER  AND  FATHER IN THE  UNITED  STATES THAT  HAS A CHILD,     I am writing this petition to stop forced adoptions in the United States  and I am forwarding this petition to the president of the United State Of America, In America  alone there is a child taking away everyday from their parents everyday, most of them are young mother(s) and young father(s) from the age of 13-25 yrs of age. The system has been taking advantage of them, do to the fact of there youth, and their child(ren) as well and this is how it is happening to them.The state has been broken rules on their own policies and regulations,and state approvals of compliances.These rules should not be broken by our Owen state agencies and government agencies. In The United States they are supposed to follow guidelines and regulation(s) of policy in our country, even with reinforcement it seem to not been in force in the courts system, on parent rights laws, and these right are if a mother or father want to keep their child(ren) they have the right to keep their child(ren) and if a mother or father that don't want to keep their child they have the  right to give them-up, these are our right as parents, they also have the right to ask for their children back from the state, instead of giving them their children back, they have broken their constitutional rights, and our constitutional amendment(s) laws. The amendment that  I am talking about is the right to make a decision without it being  forced, this is what the United States Amendment stated in the decorations, there are mothers and fathers that choose to keep their child(ren) and what is happening to them is the state is signing their rights away without their consent or authority this should be illegal, with Collenna's law, it will put a stop to these misconduct and make sure the parent(s) constitutional right are not being broken under law, my right were sign away without my consent or my authority, My child was also illegal kidnapped they had no warranty to seize my child and when I asked at  the time they stated you did nothing wrong they had no reason for there actions,  I  was also a young parent  that didn't know my rights, or what they were doing to me, in order for me not to have my Owen  child, this is also happen to  other young parents that don't know their rights, since my constitutional  right  has  been broken, I have the right and other citizens does too, to have a law that protect the mother and father rights and with Collenna's law, it is to stop forced adoption's this will protect the child from getting adopted without parent consent or authority, I would like for you to acknowledge this problem that the young generation of parent or having, also with Collenna's law it will allow parents to know there rights instead of it being forced without their consent Collenna's law, will help to fight for there rights of the decision that they had made, parent's have the rights for their decision to matters on how they want to keep their child(ren), the state alone make 5,000-20,000 dollar in (1) adoption case why are the state paying them so much money in adoptions agencies and broken our constitutional rights, Question? are they being paid for that too and how much money do they get for that? and why can't they pay the people that is willing to work on keeping families together, why can't the state pay them 5,000-20,000 dollars instead of the state that get a child(ren) adopted, this is why I am asking for your  approval on my petition on Collenna's law and having this law it will only protect the right to not go against our constitutional rights, as parents fighting custody for their child(ren) or on rules, regulations and policies that all ready have been granted under family laws ,that will help protect the parent(s) rights, and from their child(ren) from being   forcefully  adopted, with  Collenna's  law these polices would be in forced into a law _________________________________     NOTICE OF MOTION FILING PETITION ON COLLENNA'S LAW STOP FORCED ADOPTION IN THE UNITED STATES,  I am ordering to file a petition for Collenna's law (R2:2-4,2:5- Stop Forced  Adoption in The United States  for the courts to conduct  the following  IT'S YOUR RIGHT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WITH COLLENNA'S LAW: With Collenna's law it will Not go against parent right as well as constitutional rights Regarding the Amendments of the United States of America if any constitutional right have been broken will be punishable under law, child(ren) statement will be recognized in the court of law if there is any false statements regarding child statement, Collenna's law will protect their right Parent(s) statements will be recognized under the court of law if parent(s) statement is false regarding parents rights if any false outlook on the well being of the child and their future, shall be question, conduct investigation on their ethical practice child protective service request will not be denied on regulations and policy followed by families practices requirement will always be countable under family law. TO QUESTION A JUDGE AND HEARING OFFICER : I have the right to record or be given an exact copy of the recording of this hearing/trial, correct? have you (as well as opposing attorney if there is one) been licensed to practice law in the state of (the state you're in)for you to become licensed by the state you had to earn and take an oath to uphold the constitution, is this correct ?  It is very unlikely in a chance they will say "no" to any of those questions and say let the record show it..... (either my right are not intended to be upheld or the judge/ hearing officer or other attorneys is not legal to practicing law, I will demand a new trial /hearing when my right are legally met, there is an extremely chance anyone will say they are not legal, once they have answer your questions, one out of time say "Thank you" and then say let the record show it. you just know made the courts acknowledge that they have taking oath to uphold their rights and any unethical behavior will not be tolerated under Collenna's law PRIVACY POLICIES: Clients have the right to sign privacy policies(Rule 1:38-7) Stop Forced Adoption in the United States parents have the right to know were there recordings is being sent to and why?  parents have the right to consent it too protect privacy of families (Rule 1:38-7) it will protect then from media cruelty and protect them from harassment protect child identity from harm it may cause in there life, reinforced policy(2:5-1)   PRACTICE AND POLICIES : across the US and by America Bar Association. If individuals found to be in violation of their oaths of service shall be reprimanded or removed and recommendations shall be made for long term reform of particular concern are abused of judicial discretion, failure to provide equal protection and process, failure to adjudicate cases in a timely manner and uphold constitutional rights of parent to determination what is the best interest of their own children  CHILD PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT PLAN: If psychology, psychiatry, counseling, and therapy  gives a false outlook on the well being of the child as well as their future, shall be question, and investigation may be conducted on their ethical practice,Child protective service request will not be denied on the regulation and policies followed by family practice requirements will always be countable under law, if child needs any psychological treatment may be conducted legally and have parents written consent on what type of help they are receiving and managements, if psychologist tampered with moon altercation drugs for any type of behavior  problems or psychological purpose child may be dealing with should have their parental consent and written consent by parent and Doctors, on why child need moon altercation drugs if found guilty in not the best interest of the child any of mood alteration, will be punishable under law and disbarred from courtroom and a full extension of investigation of misused and misdiagnose of children present date of working  date to finish date of disbarment,if needed to be medicated only if found   danger to self or others this is what mood altercation drugs is used for COMPLIANCE UPON THE PARENTS  AND THE COURTS:  Compliance will be recording on the parents behalf, the court will not override any decision of compliance that family protective service needs, courts will recognized and return child home to biological parent, when all requirements are meet under the law also when home has been approved, courts need to return the child home immediately under D.Y.F.S recommendation or request, if any pointed child lawyer fail to bring this to the courts attention, should be punishable under law, Collenna's law is willing to defend those right and the right of the child if  the child is being neglected under the care should also be recorded in the court of law if any these court crimes conduct by the court system should be investigated and question their credibility, parent have the right to renew a fair trial in order to have the right judgement on the best interest of the child future not just the present moment or at the time PARENTS CUSTODY LAW: long term impact provide recommendations for updates  to state laws that are consistent with the supreme courts, ruling  without the right of each parents, shall be investigated in to child custody laws , practice to have essentially equal, ongoing and meaning relationships with their child, parent have the right to collect child support and alimony(spousal support) and follow laws and rules polices and practice that is adequately, and provide the basic financial needs  of a child being cared for by one or both child not living in the same household,without violating the inalienable financial or property rights of either biological parent. true 50/50 financial responsibility for children based on USDA national guidelines on the cost to raise a child should be assumed unless otherwise agreed upon by the parents. family courts and the America justice system.   UNDER OATH: If any false statement under oath is punishable under law that is conducted in the court system,and failure to uphold the constitutional rights of parents to determine what is the best interest of their own children PREJURY LAWS: Both individual states and the federal government have laws making perjury a criminal offense a criminal offense. While the basic definition of perjury is  the  same at both the federal and the  state level, the penalties may be different. For instance, the federal law against perjury in the US Code classifies perjury as a felony. this means that someone who lies under oath in federal Codes classifies perjury as a felony. this means that someone who lies under oath in federal court, or who lies under oath to a person acting on behalf of the federal government may be sentenced to up to five years in jail. ELEMENTS OF PREJURY: Although the elements of perjury vary between individual states and federal law, he or she generally must have1) been sworn in or made a solemn legal promise to tell the truth;2) may a false  statement or  told  a lie on purpose. Prosecutors can sometimes can proved  that  defendant lied by showing inconsistency in prior statements made by the defendant. For instance, if a person testifies one way in a deposition and way in court, and the statement conflict with one another, this is solid evidence of perjury even if the prosecutor cannot prove which of the statement was untrue DEFENSES TO PREJURY: Making a mistake or remembering facts inaccurately is not an intentional misstatement, so if a defendant successfully argues that he agreed he simply made an error he cannot  be found guilty of perjury. it tends to be difficult for a prosecutor to prove a reasonable doubt that the misstatement wasn't  a mistake , so this defense is often sucessful The Violence Against Women Act, it's effectiveness, and how gender discriminatory policy impact practices, policies and judicial decision in the family courts and the America justice system. federal and state laws and programs must be consistently and fairly written and enforced to provide equal protection under the law for both men and women in family courts and in programs intended to protect intended to protect families and children from domestic violence.                                   I am asking legislative APPROVALS, and  their help in legislating and accepting my petition on Collenna's law  Stop Forced Adoption in the United States.  Thank you, for Taking your time and reading my petition, I am a mother that had a child that was forced into adoptions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Yvonne M. Garcia
7,634 supporters