Thank you again to all who attended our lobby day in January. We are happy to announce House Bill 2190, House Bill 1898 and Senate Bill 1453 have all passed the Virginia General Assembly and are now heading to the Governor’s office for his approval. Please contact the governor’s office in support of these bills by sending this letter.
The bills are as follows:
HB 2190 – Introduced by Delegate Ebbin
Requires the Department of Social Services to develop a plan for identifying victims of human trafficking and coordinating the delivery of services such as housing, health care, legal services, job training, education, as well as advising victims of any benefits the victim may be eligible for under Virginia or federal law.
HB1898 – Introduced by Delegate Hugo & Delegate Watts
Amends the current statutes to criminalize abduction of any person for purposes of prostitution, extend evidentiary protections to victims of human trafficking, and criminalize receiving money for causing a person to become a victim of forced labor or services, prostitution, concubinage, or the manufacture of pornography.
SB 1453 – Introduced by Senator Newman
Gives the Department of Criminal Justice Services the power and duty, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, to advise law-enforcement agencies and attorneys for the Commonwealth regarding the identification, investigation, and prosecution of human trafficking offenses using the existing criminal statutes in the Code of Virginia.