Florida’s Safe Harbor Act is in peril. And it’s the vulnerable child victims of sex trafficking who are in jeopardy.
There’s no evidence that such a strategy works. This change has real impact on victims of child abuse and rape:
- A child who was already exploited by her trafficker could face the cycle of trauma and victimization all over again by being held against her will. And it’s not just young girls. Boys, too, are victims.
- A child whose street smarts kept her alive may find those same behaviors land her in trouble if she escapes from a “locked-up” treatment program. Worse, if she “acts out” and hits a staff member, she could be charged and tossed into the criminal justice system.
- A child whose exploiter repeatedly told her she would be locked up if she ever left him learns he was right.
More information and ways to get involved are available below, including: step-by-step actions, social media posts to spread the word, Return to Unsafe Harbor – an easy to share document about the effort underway, an open letter to Representative Fresen – the sponsor of the original Safe Harbor Act, The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center’s position paper and In Harm’s Way: Child Abuse, Child Rape, Sex Trafficking, and a research report from The Wellesley Center for Women, Longing to Belong.
Learn and Take Action
- Take Action
- Printable Palm Cards
- Return to Unsafe Harbor
- Senate Testimony
- The Policy Center Position Paper
- In Harm's Way: Child Abuse, Child Rape, Sex Trafficking
- PACE Center Position Paper
- Longing to Belong
- HB 7141
- SB 1724
- Rep. Fresen Letter
- HB 1071
Tell your legislators that you oppose any law that includes locking up child abuse and rape victims (currently Senate Bill 1724 and House Bill 7141). Encourage them to change those proposals instead to build a network of victims’ advocates/survivor mentors for the child victims and voluntary safe houses for when they are needed
#Florida, don’t force #sextrafficking victims into a facility they’re not allowed to leave http://bit.ly/LUMP02 #unsafeharbor
Tell #Florida #legislators to free #sextrafficking victims, not “secure” them http://bit.ly/O8hecM #unsafeharbor
Read and Share – The @Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center’s newest publication, reflects on ‘lessons learned from the field’ regarding best-practice methods for the recovery of Florida’s #humantrafficking victims. Like and share to show your support! http://bit.ly/1gTmz4B
Stand behind the original intent of the Safe Harbor Act – to treat the survivors of sex trafficking as victims,not criminals! Read The @Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center’s Position Paper and share to show your support! http://bit.ly/1gTmz4B
Read the Letter the Children’s Campaign Delivered to Representetive Frensen