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Torlakson Praises Groundbreaking Human Trafficking Legislation

Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recognized National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Thursday and applauded the Governor and the Legislature for passing a law making California the first state to adopt human trafficking training for teachers and students.

“Human trafficking is a tragedy that traumatizes and damages its victims, often for the rest of their lives,” said Torlakson. “Too often this type of criminal exploitation goes unnoticed. This new law provides training and support to help school administrators, teachers, and support staff prevent students from becoming victims, identify students who may be victims of human trafficking, and turn schools into a safe refuge.”

The Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act, Assembly Bill 1227, sponsored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, was signed by Governor Brown last year and took effect on January 1 of this year.

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Proposed legislation would make it easier to ask for convictions to be reversed – Casper Star

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Proposed legislation aims to stop online sex trafficking

WASHINGTON — Last year, Maryland had the 13th-most sex trafficking cases in the country with 161, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

This year, the hotline reported 61 sex trafficking cases in this the state as of June 30. Half of the incidents involved a minor, and about 84 percent included a female victim.

A House Energy and Commerce hearing Thursday examined legislation that would close loopholes in federal law that critics fear has allowed pervasive online sex trafficking.

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Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, introduced the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” earlier this year to make it easier for states to prosecute websites that facilitate sex trafficking.

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Maryland ranks 13th in sex-trafficking cases. Proposed legislation aims to stop it online

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Legislation would help with locating missing autism, Alzheimer’s patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce bipartisan legislation to help families locate missing loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, autism and related conditions.

Kevin and Avonte’s Law (S. 2070), named in honor of two boys with autism who perished after wandering from safety, would also support training for caregivers to prevent and respond to instances of wandering.

The bill, which passed the Senate by voice vote in the 114th Congress, is named in honor of two young boys diagnosed with autism who wandered away from supervised settings and drowned.

One of the two, 9-year-old Kevin Curtis Wills, died in 2008 after jumping into the Raccoon River near his home town of Jefferson, Iowa. The other, high school student Avonte Oquendo of Queens, New York, drowned in NYC’s East River

Read more at: http://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20171109/legislation-would-help-with-locating-missing-autism-alzheimers-patients

Anti-sex trafficking legislation gets support at Capitol

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Several groups are expected to meet at the Texas Capitol Wednesday to rally in support of legislation that will target human trafficking in Texas.

Texas accounts for almost 10 percent of all trafficking calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, second only to California.

Lawmakers are considering eight bills this session. But, the groups rallying strongly support two of those eight bills.

The first is House Bill 269. It allows trafficking victims who have been convicted of prostitution to have their records sealed, if the court finds out that they were forced into prostitution.

And, the second is House Bill 491. If passed, it would require people convicted of trafficking teens and children to register as sex offenders.

Survivors believe it is difficult for teens and children to break away from traffickers.

“I actually was originally kidnapped by certain gang members,” said Survivor Allison

Read more at: http://kxan.com/2017/01/25/anti-sex-trafficking-legislation-gets-support-at-capitol/