CAST & Legislation
CAST not only assists victims of human trafficking, but it also works at the policy level to try and influence law makers to enact laws to prevent modern slavery and assist those who have already become victims.
ACTION ALERT - Ask your Senators and Federal Representatives to CO-SPONSOR The Trafficking Survivors Relief Act S. 104 and H.R. 459 TODAY
On September 28, 2016 Congresswomen Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rob Portman (R-OH), introduced new bipartisan legislation, the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2016, which enables human trafficking victims to clear federal convictions from their records for crimes that traffickers forced them to commit.
In January of 2017, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), along with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY , reintroduced the bipartisan Trafficking Survivors Relief Act. This Act enables human trafficking victims to clear federal convictions from their records for crimes that traffickers forced them to commit.
ACTION ALERT - Fax your letters of support for the $15 million budget request...
for specialized services, training and technical assistance, prevalence study and evaluation/modeling of best practices in serving victims of human trafficking
We hope this request will be heard in March in the following committees:
Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4
Senator Richard D. Roth (Chair)
Fax: (916) 668-7004 916
Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5
Assemblymember Shirley Weber (Chair)
Fax: (916) 319-2199
Please fax letters of support to the Committee Chairs ASAP.
SOAR Act Reintroduced During Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Learn more about the Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act introduced in January by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)in the Senate and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) in the House. The bill helps to ensure medical professionals are trained to identify and help victims of human trafficking.
“As one of the largest service providers in the country exclusively serving survivors of modern slavery, CAST’s experience in the field has shown that medical and mental health providers are key individuals in early identification and prevention of modern slavery. CAST strongly supports the reintroduction of the SOAR Act, which is an important legislative step in ensuring our medical professional have the tools they need to best assist survivors.”
– Stephanie Richard, Policy & Legal Services Director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
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
To register for the monthly call please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out how to contact your representatives in the California State Legislature, visit: www.leginfo.ca.gov