Advocacy

Contacts to impact Human Trafficking

One of the most important things we can do to impact Human Trafficking is be aware of what is going on at the Federal, State and Local level regarding proposed laws and actions and let our elected representatives know what actions we want them to take.
If you live in Sun City Center and your zip code is 33573-6921 all the following information applies. If you are in a different zip code or have a different +4 you can go to this website for more information: www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Sen. Marco Rubio go to webpage to email (then you can save that page to your desktop for easy access) ph 813 853 1099.

Sen. Rick Scott does not yet have a Senate webpage. Email help@rickscott.senate.gov phone 202 224 5274

Rep. Vern Buchanan you have to go to his webpage to email and must know your zip+4 phone 941 747 9081 202 225 5015

Florida:
Sen Bill Galvano (2019 Senate President)
Go to website to email phone 941 741 3401
Assembly Mike Beltran no webpage yet.
Email mike.beltran@myfloridahouse.gov
Phone 850 717 5057

In Florida the Department of Children and Families oversees Human Trafficking
Tampa area Regional Managing Director is Lisa Mayrose ph 813 558 5500.

Remember that for any of them that have a website you can save their contact page to your desktop and save lots of time if you contact them regularly (which hopefully you will be doing).

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From AAUW:

For victims of sexual assault, coming forward and reliving the trauma of their experience is one of the toughest things they will ever do. And for young students, coming forward about sexual harassment or assault can be terrifying.

But, Betsy DeVos wants to make it more difficult for survivors of assault and victims of harassment to come forward. She’s proposing changes to Title IX that would create incentives for institutions to shield assailants and promote harassing, abusive behavior.

Tell Betsy DeVos: Do not water down Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors and victims of sexual harassment.

The changes to Title IX that Betsy DeVos is pushing include:
• Allowing for cross-examination of rape victims in live hearings on college campuses;
• Dramatically narrowing the definition of sexual harassment at K-12 schools and on college campuses;
• Drastically scaling back compliance requirements for schools and universities; and
• Watering down the standard of proof for evaluating claims of sexual harassment and assault.
Before these changes become final though, they have to go through a formal public comment process. That’s where you come in.

Submitting public comments, especially ones that are personalized from students and educators who are directly impacted, is essential.

Why? The more comments the Education Department receives—especially personalized, thoughtful comments from people and organizations affected by the proposed regulation—the more difficult it is for them to ignore the public opposition to this terrible rule.

More than 71,000 brave individuals and organizations have already spoken out against Betsy DeVos’s changes to Title IX. They’ve shared their experiences and expertise dealing with sexual harassment and assault. Will you join them?

The deadline to submit your comment is January 30.

That means we have only four days to show Betsy DeVos that her agenda to protect wealthy institutions at the expense of silencing survivors will not happen on our watch.

We must speak up for the victims of sexual harassment and assault, both past and future.

Thank you in advance for making your voice heard on this important matter.

In solidarity,

Mary Kusler
Senior Director, Center for Advocacy
National Education Association

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Another pending legislative matter:

H.R. 6069 FIND human Trafficking Act is scheduled to come to the floor again in the House of Representatives next week. This bill passed the House but never the Senate last spring. The bill would require the Comptroller General of the US to carry out a study on how virtual currencies and online marketplaces are used to buy, sell or facilitate the financing of goods or services associated with sex or drug trafficking. Summary:
Fight Illicit Networks and Detect Trafficking Act or the FIND Trafficking Act
(Sec. 3) This bill directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the use of virtual currencies and online marketplaces in sex and drug trafficking. The GAO must study topics including:
• how illicit proceeds are transferred into the U.S. banking system,
• state and non-state actors that benefit from or participate in such activity,
• preventative efforts from federal and state agencies, and
• how to use the unique characteristics of virtual currencies to track illicit activity.

If you are interested in this bill, Tom Goselin, our Advocacy Chair, suggests you contact Representative Vern Buchanan or contact Tom Goselin at tomgoselin@gmail.com. We are so pleased Tom is keeping us informed on these very important matters!

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