January 10, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Hersh, 510-550-8170 (office)/510-759-2921 (cell)
EFFORT TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO FIND PLACE ON NOVEMBER BALLOT IN CA
Campaign launch coincides with National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
WHO: Congresswoman Jackie Speier; Chris Kelly, Founder of Safer California Foundation and former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer; Daphne Phung, Founder of California Against Slavery; Marc Klaas, KlaasKids Foundation; Brian Marvel, President of San Diego Police Officers Association; and Leah Albright-Byrd, Human Trafficking Survivor.
WHAT: Advocates, political leaders, and human trafficking survivors will gather to formally kick-off the campaign to gather signatures to put the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (CASE Act) on the ballot this November.
California is a hot spot for domestic and international human trafficking because of its large population, international borders, large economy, extensive ports, and metropolitan regions. At the same time, California received an “F” grade in a recent national report on laws to protect children against sex trafficking.
The CASE Act will put in place tougher laws to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation. More information can be found at CASEAct.org.
WHERE: Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld Professional Building, 2150 Post Street (between Scott and Pierce), San Francisco, CA 94115
WHEN: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
WHY: Human trafficking is a brutal human rights abuse. It is also a lucrative criminal business. Current California laws offer little protection for victims targeted by human traffickers and online predators. It is crucial to decrease incentives and increase the risk for those involved in the enslavement and exploitation of human beings.
Each year, 100,000 to 300,000 American minors are at risk of being exploited in domestic minor sex trafficking by pimps. Average entry age is just 12-14 years old. The prevalence and anonymity of the internet has fueled the rapid growth of sex trafficking, making the trade of women and children easier than ever before. Additionally, electronic information is not currently part of the sex offender registry – critical data that is needed to protect kids from sexual exploitation online.
The CASE Act will put in place tougher laws to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Additionally, the CASE Act will raise awareness and unite Californians to take action. With up to 17 million voters in our state, the campaign for this ballot initiative will form the largest single movement against human trafficking in the U.S.