April 8, 2011

Progress! Two Maryland Anti-Trafficking Bills Head to Governer, More Advocacy Still Needed

Posted in Philanthropy at 2:40 pm by philanthropynews

Great headway is being made in the fight against human trafficking in Maryland. Two important bills, which provide funding for education on human trafficking and investigations of the crimes, have passed both the House and Senate and are now headed to the Governor’s desk for signatures. However, three critical bills remain in need of support. Will you join the over 26,000 Change.org members fighting for an end to human trafficking in Maryland?

The two bills in most critical need of support are HB418/SB247, which would allow Maryland to seize the ill-gotten profits (asset forfeiture) of human trafficking to help victims and HB1304, which would post the National Human Trafficking Hotline in truck stops and rest areas around the state. Both bills must move forward by Monday, April 11 at midnight.

The Asset Forfeiture bill (HB418/SB247) has passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the House Judiciary Committee. However Chairman Vallario of the House Judiciary Committee has indicated he might not bring the bill to a vote at all. You can ask him to bring this bill up for a favorable vote by calling 800-492-7122, ext. 3488 or 410- 841-3488 or 301-858-3488.

(Read more via Change.org.)