2011-12-13 "Nothing to be proud of..." by Daphne, Executive Director and Founder "Californians Against Slavery (CAS)"
A national study gives California an F on laws against child sex trafficking. This is nothing to be proud of. The report (released on December 1st) confirms what CAS has been saying all along: Trafficked victims have "little protection under the law as victims." (1) We are failing our children, those who need the protection of our laws most.
The report highlights that California desperately needs the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act [http://californiaagainstslavery.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/CASE-Act-Fact-Sheet.pdf].
Human trafficking is a brutal human rights issue, and we need urgent and drastic measures for change. The CASE Act is the vehicle for us to turn our activism into a movement. Some of you may recall this slide [http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103342217601-16/17M.pdf]. Please block out time on your calendar the next few months for the CASE Act campaign. It is worthwhile.Justice starts with you.
UPDATE: THE SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN
The Attorney General's Office said they will return our initiative on December 21st. They are using the maximum legally allowed time, even if it means holding onto things. This is disappointing as it will push our start date to December 23rd, the Christmas weekend.
However, I know that our most dedicated volunteers will be out there regardless, which makes our effort even more powerful - the TENACITY of our volunteers.
"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1) See the Report Card here. Based on the Protected Innocence Legislative Framework by Shared Hope International and American Center for Law and Justice. [http://www.sharedhope.org/Portals/0/Documents/Report%20Cards_FINAL/ReportCards_CA.pdf]