Policy Initiative State Legislative Priorities
Human trafficking does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, immigration status, cultural background, religion, it is more likely that vulnerable populations such as people of color and underresourced communities are more likely to be a victim of trafficking.
Our policy platform is based on the following pillars: Racial Justice, Economic Justice. Immigrant Justice, Climate Justice Human Trafficking and Government Accountability, to that end our advocacy seeks to be intersectional and will focus on the following:
- Ensure the state focus to prevent labor and sexual trafficking;
- Investments in prevention through education, training, and reaching out to impacted communities;
- Support and improve current services available to human trafficking survivors
- Ensure government response is centered in assisting victims and not criminalization
AB 1820 (Arambula) California Labor Trafficking Prevention Act
Will protect California’s most vulnerable workers from being taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals and businesses who force them to work under duress with little to no pay. This bill will provide the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) with statutory authority to investigate and prosecute claims of human labor trafficking.
AB 2628 (Reyes) - Trafficked Children Assistance Program
Revises the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Program (CSEC) to ensure both sex and labor trafficked children are identified, supported, and protected. Moreover, changes the CSEC program to the Trafficked Children Assistance Program (TCAP) in order to expand training and protocols to increase the effectiveness of identification. This bill would also authorize a child who was/is a victim of human trafficking to be adjudged a dependent of the court as well as prohibit a social worker from taking custody of a child in order to mirror existing law that applies to sexually trafficked children.
AB 2169 (Gipson) Human Trafficking, Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence - Protections for Non - Citizen Survivor
Seeks to help undo the harm that non-citizen including undocumented victims of exploitation experience when they are criminalized as a result of their abuse, ensuring that they are able to eliminate immigration consequences of a conviction or arrest vacated under these conditions.
SJI is also monitoring proposals that seek to address human trafficking for a list of these bills and our position.
California’s investment in research funding is essential to better understand the prevalence of human trafficking throughout California and to ensure survivors are receiving the highest quality and most effective services. We, therefore, urge that California lawmakers consider at minimum the allocation of resources for human trafficking research and legislative initiatives in the State’s General Fund. By making this investment, the State of California will cement a powerful legacy of combatting human trafficking in California by providing the state with the building blocks to better understand the depth of human trafficking in California and provide the infrastructure to identify, combat, and prevent it. Immediate investments should be consider for the following
- A Prevalence Study to understand the extent, location, and demographics of human trafficking in California;
- Providing Training and Technical Resources to Service Providers and other first responders;
- An ongoing Curriculum focused on preventing and combatting human trafficking in California schools; and
- An Outreach Program within the Department of Fair Employment & Housing DFEH; and
- A dedicated Labor Trafficking Unit under the Department of Industrial Relations.
SJI assisted with the amicus brief for Biden v. Texas. This case has far-reaching implications, not only on immigration and the future of Remain in Mexico—it is about the power of the Executive Branch to determine our country's foreign policy, and whether a new administration should be able to change the policy adopted by its predecessor.
In Biden v. Texas, the Supreme Court will decide whether the Biden administration can exercise its discretionary control of border policy to discontinue the Migrant Protection Protocols (the Remain in Mexico program), pursuant to President Biden’s campaign promises, diplomatic concerns over our relationship with Mexico, and an extensive agency review of Remain in Mexico by the Department of Homeland Security.
We need the Supreme Court to make clear that any presidential administration should have the freedom to implement its own policies, so that advocates can continue making urgent demands for the Biden administration to end the Remain in Mexico policy once and for all.
SJI is also a partner in the #safenotstranded campaign.