ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY
Drawing from nearly two decades of direct experience with victims of human trafficking, CAST has catalyzed first-of-its-kind legislation and has won the respect and partnership of a diverse group of policy leaders. CAST begins all its policy initiatives by engaging its main constituents – survivors themselves. These initiatives center on survivor experiences and highlight survivor advocacy. CAST not only introduces anti-trafficking legislation, but also works hard to ensure policy implementation.
CAST was an original co-sponsor and/or played a lead role in advocating for the following enacted legislation:
- 2016 AB 1761 Human Trafficking: Victims Affirmative Defense
- 2015 Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act
- 2014 SB 477 Foreign Labor Contracts: Registration
- 2013 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
- 2012 SB 1193 Human Trafficking: Public Posting Requirements
- 2012 SB 657 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
CAST's CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COLLABORATIVE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING (CLCHT)
What: A forum for practitioners, experts, and those interested in human trafficking in California to come together to discuss current trafficking related legislation in California and receive insight and guidance on policy advocacy.
When: Conference Call: 11:00am-12:00pm, last Friday of every month
SB 1193: CALIFORNIA HOTLINE POSTING IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT
Through broad community outreach on local, state and national and international levels – via advocacy, the media, public education, leadership development, and coalition building – CAST spotlights the issue of trafficking, so more victims will be free and empowered.
In 2014, CAST partnered with five other organizations to post thousands of human trafficking awareness posters throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Participation in state and national coalitions committed to affecting change by informing elected/appointed officials about issues affecting trafficking represents a return to our roots wherein we recognize that there is a deep intersection between policy and direct service. By fully developing its advocacy arm, alongside the delivery of services, CAST is realizing the fullest expression of its mission by impacting the policies that directly affect those we serve and their ability to create self-sustaining lives.