While the legislature is in session, the UUCA’s Promise the Children Advocacy group is enrolling the entire congregation in speaking up for Georgia’s children.
We are in the last stretch of the Georgia legislative session. Most of the activity last week was in the various committee hearings getting ready for the last days when a bill can be voted on in this session. Lots of bills will be heard this week in an effort to get them across the finish line by April 2nd.
The “Ask”: Contact your Georgia State Representative and urge him or her to Support Passage of SB 8 / SR 7.
The Why: Senate Bill 8 and Senate Resolution 7 are commonly referred to as the “Safe Harbor Bill,” and establish funding for services for sexually exploited/trafficked children, primarily in the realm of child welfare, family support, crisis intervention, counseling, and emergency housing. The bill adds traffickers to the State Sexual Offender Registry, and increases the statute of limitations allowing former child sex trafficking victims to file a civil suit against their traffickers up to the victim’s 25th birthday (current law is up to 23rd birthday)
The Message: Dear Representative _______________, Please vote “Yes” for SB 8 Safe Harbor/Rachel’s Law Act and SR 7 the proposed constitutional amendment, and let’s make Georgia a Safe Harbor for child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Child victims need restoration, not criminalization, and they should be afforded the full span of services needed. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.
The How: Click here to contact your Georgia State Representative.