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Policy Initiatives

Child Sex Trafficking Screening & Services Act of 2019 

Written Testimony– SB688/HB827

Sponsors: Senator Susan Lee and Delegate Brooke Lierman

Status: PASSED

  • Creates a Regional Navigator program which ensures that every sex trafficked individual aged under 25 will have access to immediate and local specialized services
  • Requires law enforcement and the Departments of Social Services to refer cases of sex trafficking to a Regional Navigator.
  • Requires children involved with the Department of Social Services to be screened for sex trafficking.

 

 Anti-Exploitation Act of 2019

Written Testimony – SB690/HB734

Sponsors: Senator Susan Lee and Delegate Wanika Fisher

Status: PASSED

  • Criminalizes labor trafficking based on the collective experiences of other states and federal law.
  • Resembles the Maryland sex trafficking statute by making labor trafficking a felony with a 25-year maximum penalty.
  • Grants concurrent jurisdiction to the Attorney General, who will be able to independently investigate and prosecute labor trafficking.

 

Criminal Law – Human Trafficking & Prostitution Offenses 2019

Written Testimony – SB689/HB871

Sponsors: Senator Susan Lee and Delegate Jesse Pippy

Status: PASSED

  • Moves sex trafficking from the prostitution section of the code the crimes against a person section – further pushing the shift away from thinking that sex trafficking is just prostitution.
  • Makes human trafficking a crime of violence, which extends the period before which a person is eligible for parole.
  • Fixes several sections of the code to ensure that the definition of sex trafficking laws are clear and able to be enforced.

 

 

UMD SAFE Center Team Statement on Racial Injustice

The UMD SAFE Center decries the structural racism that remains as a toxic legacy of our country’s history and permeates our society today, and we are working to ensure that we are an actively anti-racist institution.