Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Safe Harbor legislation for children in prostitution

As was referenced in a previous post, advocates in Minnesota are working to clarify the laws around children caught in prostitution, so that they would be identified as victims, not criminals.  Following is further information on this recommended legislative change and things Minnesotan's can do to encourage it's passage.

The Advocates for Human Rights
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 Safe Harbors Legislation in Minnesota 
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Safe Harbors Legislation: First Hearing Scheduled for March 9  
H.F. 556, legislation to protect commercially sexually exploited children, receives its first hearing before the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee this Wednesday, March 9
Two ways to take action!
  • Call your representative to express your support of HF 556, treating sexually exploited children as crime victims, not criminals. Click here for the Minnesota Legislature's District Finder.
  • Attend Wednesday's hearing in support of HF 556. The hearing will take place at 10:15 am in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
The Advocates for Human Rights has spearheaded this legislative effort in Minnesota to respond appropriately and effectively to victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. We are working strategically with our partners to bring attention to our bill. 
  • Join MNCASA at the Minnesota Legislature for their Action Day to End Violence Against Women on Wednesday, March 8.
  • Listen to MPR's Midmorning program Tuesday, March 7, at 9:00 am as Cathy Wurzer discusses the Safe Harbors legislation and other issues of human trafficking.
  • Read today's commentary in the Star Tribune about the need for Safe Harbors legislation in Minnesota.

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