At the end of Sunday’s message on Confrontation, an opportunity was mentioned to “use your clout to help someone out.” We are privileged to live in a country where we can petition our law-makers to encourage them to do the right thing. Please consider using your voice to help those who are being exploited.
The following information on the progress of PA Bill 851, the Safe Harbor Act, is copied from the website of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, dated November 2016. You can find more details about Bill 851 here.
The 2015-2016 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly officially closes on November 30. Here is the status of the several high priority bills that were on the legislative agenda of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Human Trafficking – Senate Bill 851 would have ensured that juvenile victims of human trafficking are not prosecuted as criminals and that support services are made available to them. No action was taken by the end of the session, but legislation may be reintroduced next session.
How to write a letter to your PA State Senator, to encourage him or her to reintroduce and pass this legislation:
To find the name and address of your State Senator, please visit “Find Your Legislator” and fill in the relevant information.
Click on the name of your Senator to be taken to their personal page.
You may email your Senator by clicking on the image of the envelope under your Senator’s picture.
If you prefer to mail a letter, you can find your mailing addresses for your Senator’s offices listed on the lower, left-hand side of the page.
You may also want to contact Senator GREENLEAF who was the prime sponsor for this bill.
In your letter, let your Senator know you support them in doing all they can to stop the exploitation of innocent victims.