During the upcoming College World Series, the Women’s Fund is working to raise awareness through their Not On My Watch campaign about what sex trafficking really looks like in our community.
THANK YOU for using your voices and amplifying efforts to support survivors of trafficking in our state legislature. Your calls, emails, letters, tweets, Facebook posts, and any other avenues you used to reach out to your state senators were incredibly impactful!
LB 519 which included the below critical policy measures was passed nearly unanimously by the Legislature and approved by the Governor.
- LB 516, introduced by Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, ensures that trafficked children, regardless of the identity of their trafficker, have access to services necessary to address their need for safe and appropriate shelter, medical and mental health care (including substance abuse services), education and other needs (amended into LB 519);
- LB 517, introduced by Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, provided clarification and expansion of civil damages for trafficking victims (amended into LB 519);
- LB 519, introduced by Senator Julie Slama, increased opportunity for justice for trafficking victims through lengthened statute of limitations to prosecute trafficking offenses.
Support for Survivors Trafficking Act has been scheduled for committee hearing on Wednesday, March 6th at 1:30 p.m. at the State Capitol in room #1510 in front of the Health and Human Services Committee. Currently this is the second of two bills to be heard if you are interested in testifying in person.
The bill will provide funding for services for victims of trafficking (currently no state funding exists) as well as funding for costs associated with law enforcement investigations and prosecutions. The bill also creates an Advisory Board and Office of Support for Trafficking Survivors to coordinate and implement a state plan. See the attached fact sheet for more information on the bill.
Written testimony – If you would like to submit a written position letter to be included in the official hearing record, the letter must be received by the office of the Health and Human Services chairon Tuesday, March 5th by 5:00pm. Email your letter, as an attachment, to Health and Human Services Chairperson Sara Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Health and Human Services Committee Clerk, Sherrie Shaffer (email@example.com). Additionally, the letter must include your name and address, state a position of for, against, or neutral and include a request for the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record.
If you would like to reach out to the HHS Committee members directly:
To read a summation of the bill, click here.
Click below to learn the signs of child trafficking when you’re traveling. The more we are aware, the better our chances of help stop child trafficking.
Are you a business traveler from the Omaha area? Register your company to attend our May 9 luncheon. Anna Brewer, former FBI investigator, currently with the Omaha Womens Fund and the State Attorney General’s office, will help you learn more signs of trafficking and provide critical information on how to stop it.
This link will let you watch the first 30 minute program.
This link should also let you:
- watch more than an hour of additional video content from the project
- access our earlier radio/web reporting on the subject
- access additional resources
Women’s Fund video on the gift made to the Coalition on Human Trafficking