HB 141 Support the Human Trafficking Hotline Bill

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HB 141 Support the Human Trafficking Hotline Bill

1-888-373-7888

Read what Georgia Women for a Change shared today in their latest release about the HB 141 Trafficking Hotline Bill:

Please contact your state representative before 10 am tomorrow morning and ask them to support HB 141 when it comes to the House Floor tomorrow, February 27, for a vote. (Click Here for House Representative Contact information)

Georgia is one of the leaders in the nation when it comes to the trafficking and exploitation of children. HB 141(Lindsey-54th) requires the posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline number in adult entertainment venues, truck stops, bars, bus stations, airports, emergency rooms, interstate rest areas and other locations where people who are trafficked may be able to call for help or where people who witness something suspicious may call in a tip.

The number is toll-free, confidential and anonymous and operated by a national non-profit that is funded by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.
1-888-373-7888

The Message: “Please vote YES on HB 141 when it comes to the House Floor for a vote. Children who are exploited or those witnessing potential exploitation need an easy, convenient and fast way to get help or advice. Access to a human trafficking hotline number could save lives.”

We’re so close and we need your help!

Georgia Women for a Change is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization that promotes progressive change for women and girls and their families in the state. We welcome women and men who believe that Georgia can do better. We believe that more women in public office will lead to better decision-making. We believe that more women speaking up in our own interest will inform a process that needs our voice

One Year Later: The Impact of HB 200 on Human Trafficking in Georgia

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

It is an honor and privilege to pass on this invitation from Georgia Women for a Change, who request the pleasure of your company for a Reception and Conversation

“One Year Later: The Impact of HB 200 on Human Trafficking in Georgia”

According to their invitation, “A panel of experts from the US Attorney’s Office, the GBI, the Dekalb District Attorney’s Office and programs serving victims will tell us what has changed since the Governor signed this historic legislation.”

Following this panel discussion, Sen. Renee Unterman, Rep. Buzz Brockway and Rep. Edward Lindsey will briefly describe where we go from here.

Join Georgia Women for Change and others who are determined to end human trafficking in Georgia, and worldwide.

Date: Thursday, May 3

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: King & Spalding
1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309

R.S.V.P. rsvp@gwomen.org

Complimentary Valet Parking or self park for $16

Georgia Women for Change thanked King & Spalding and LexisNexis for making this event possible.

I thank all of them for caring enough to bring this issue to light so that others could actively participate in protecting women and children everywhere!

Copyright 2012. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Georgia Women for a Change ~ P.O. Box 55553, Atlanta, GA 30308 ~ 404.875.8184 ~

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Signs Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Today

By Natasha L. Foreman

The Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Metro Chapter is pleased to announce that Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal has signed has signed the House Bills HB200 and HB503 into law today at 1:45pm.

Governor Deal signed the two bills advocated by the Women’s Caucus at My Sister’s House, an Atlanta facility that offers overnight shelter and residential discipleship programs for homeless women and women with children. The Governor said that, “Human trafficking is a repugnant crime that is growing like a cancer in our society. Signing this bill into law, I join my fellow Georgians in declaring moral outrage and vowing to fight human trafficking here in our state. These criminals rob their victims of freedom and human dignity, and they destroy lives. With this bill now a law, we will find these criminals and we will punish them harshly.”

HB 200 addresses human trafficking which:

1. Strengthens the punishment against traffickers by increasing the minimum imprisonment for any person who commits the offense of trafficking a person for labor or sexual servitude and subjects the convicted to a fine.

2. Increases the punishment for any person who commits the offense of trafficking a person for labor or sexual servitude against a person who is under the age of 18 years

3. Protects those that fall victim to predators whom act on their state of desperation by providing that a person shall NOT be guilty of a sexual crime if the conduct upon which the alleged criminal liability is based was committed under coercion or deception while the accused was being trafficked for sexual servitude

HB 503 provides for:

1. The Georgia Crime Victims Emergency Fund to cover the costs of medical exams of alleged victims of rape

2. Ensures that victims will have these exams paid for and that the responsibility will not fall on local law enforcement that have budget constraints

Our Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter Director, Terica Scott was on hand to witness this amazing moment and she served as our on-site photographer for the day.

Terica had this to say about this great day, “we are pleased to see this legislation signed by the governor today. It symbolizes a great victory for girls and women in Georgia. The Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter supports and stands 100 percent behind this bill becoming law. HB200 will help protect younger women from pain and suffering due to the cruelty by human traffickers.”


This vital legislation was a collaborative effort between concerned legislators, the Attorney General’s office, prosecutors, state and local law enforcement agencies, social service organizations, and religious groups from across the state.


The Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter is honored to have witnessed and taken part in today’s signing. We look forward to anti-human trafficking bills being signed into law in every state in the U.S. and becoming federal law.

Click on the link below to send the Governor your warmest thanks: http://gov.georgia.gov/00/gov/contact_us/0,2657,165937316_166563415,00.html

Thank you Governor Deal!
Copyright 2011. Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Signs Anti-Human Trafficking and Georgia Victims Fund Bills Today

The Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Metro Chapter is pleased to announce that Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal has signed the House Bills HB200 and HB300 into law today at 1:45pm.

Governor Deal signed the two bills advocated by the Women’s Caucus at My Sister’s House, an Atlanta facility that offers overnight shelter and residential discipleship programs for homeless women and women with children. The Governor said that, “Human trafficking is a repugnant crime that is growing like a cancer in our society. Signing this bill into law, I join my fellow Georgians in declaring moral outrage and vowing to fight human trafficking here in our state. These criminals rob their victims of freedom and human dignity, and they destroy lives. With this bill now a law, we will find these criminals and we will punish them harshly.”

HB 200 addresses human trafficking which:

1. Strengthens the punishment against traffickers by increasing the minimum imprisonment for any person who commits the offense of trafficking a person for labor or sexual servitude and subjects the convicted to a fine.

2. Increases the punishment for any person who commits the offense of trafficking a person for labor or sexual servitude against a person who is under the age of 18 years

3. Protects those that fall victim to predators whom act on their state of desperation by providing that a person shall NOT be guilty of a sexual crime if the conduct upon which the alleged criminal liability is based was committed under coercion or deception while the accused was being trafficked for sexual servitude

HB 503 provides for:

1. The Georgia Crime Victims Emergency Fund to cover the costs of medical exams of alleged victims of rape

2. Ensures that victims will have these exams paid for and that the responsibility will not fall on local law enforcement that have budget constraints

Our Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter Director, Terica Scott was on hand to witness this amazing moment and she served as our on-site photographer for the day.

Terica had this to say about this great day, “we are pleased to see this legislation signed by the governor today. It symbolizes a great victory for girls and women in Georgia. The Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter supports and stands 100 percent behind this bill becoming law. HB200 will help protect younger women from pain and suffering due to the cruelty by human traffickers.”

This vital legislation was a collaborative effort between concerned legislators, the Attorney General’s office, prosecutors, state and local law enforcement agencies, social service organizations, and religious groups from across the state.

The Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter is honored to have witnessed and taken part in today’s signing. We look forward to anti-human trafficking bills being signed into law in every state in the U.S. and becoming federal law.

Click on the link below to send the Governor your warmest thanks: http://gov.georgia.gov/00/gov/contact_us/0,2657,165937316_166563415,00.html

Thank you Governor Deal!

Copyright 2011. Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter.