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Everyone has the power to affect anti-trafficking policy at the local, state and federal levels. Let your elected officials know you expect them to pass legislation that will protect and serve victims of human trafficking.

In 2008, CAST founded the California Legislative Collaborative on Human Trafficking (CLCHT). The CLCHT is a forum for practitioners, experts, and those interested in human trafficking in California to come together to discuss current trafficking related legislation in California and receive insight and guidance on policy advocacy.

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CAST is a founding member of the Freedom Network and the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST).



Policy Agendas

2018 Policy Priority Documents

Cast Policy Agendas by Year:

2018 CAST Policy Agenda
2017 CAST Policy Agenda
2016 CAST Policy Agenda
2015 CAST Policy Agenda
2014 CAST Policy Agenda
2013 CAST Policy Agenda
2012 CAST Policy Agenda

Policy Successes

2017

5M State Budget Allocation (California)

The $5 million state budget allocation ensures that all victims of modern slavery in California receive the comprehensive services and support they need. The $5 million secured ensures continuing funding for the 11 programs funded in 2015 through 2018.

Bill Summary Impact Report

2016

AB 1761 Human Trafficking Victims Affirmative Defense (California)

AB 1761 puts in place an important additional protection for victims to ensure they are not convicted of crimes their traffickers force them to commit. It also strengthens the ability of the judicial system to more fully describe the complexity of this crime through expert testimony.

Full Bill Text Bill Summary

$10M State Budget Allocation (California)

The $10 million state budget allocation ensures that all victims of modern slavery in California receive the comprehensive services and support they need. This request will also ensure appropriate training and technical assistance is provided to first responders and service providers, and that California can better understand the prevalence of human trafficking in our state and how to create effective programs to support victims.

Bill Summary Letter of Support

2015

Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act (Federal)

The Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act established the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. The Council consists of 8-14 survivors of human trafficking from diverse backgrounds and experiences, in order to provide recommendations to the U.S. Government to strengthen U.S. federal policy and programming efforts that reflect the best practices in the field.

Full Bill Text Bill Summary NSN Press Release

$10M State Budget Allocation (California)

The $10 million state budget allocation ensures that all victims of modern slavery in California receive the comprehensive services and support they need. This request will also ensure appropriate training and technical assistance is provided to first responders and service providers, and that California can better understand the prevalence of human trafficking in our state and how to create effective programs to support victims.

Bill Summary Letter of Support

2014

SB 477 Foreign Labor Contracts: Registration (California)

SB477 seeks to prevent human trafficking and forced labor of foreign workers resulting from the exploitative and abusive practices of foreign labor contractors by requiring registration of foreign labor contractors and the use of registered contractors by employers seeking to hire foreign workers. In addition, the bill requires full and fair disclosure of working conditions to foreign workers.

Full Bill Text Bill Summary

2013

Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (Federal)

The TVPRA directly funds the majority of the victim service programs in the United States through the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services. The TVPRA of 2011 also makes several improvements to our criminal and immigration laws to better protect trafficking survivors and help them seek justice.

Full Bill Text Bill Summary

2012

SB 1193 Human Trafficking: Public Posting Requirements (California)

Members of CAST’s survivor leadership program know first-hand that access to a human-trafficking hotline number can mean the difference between slavery and freedom. So, in 2010, this group of survivors decided to make a human trafficking hotline poster an advocacy priority. With many partners and activists beside them, CAST survivors and staff wrote letters and spoke to legislators in Sacramento.

A year later, CAST became an original co-sponsor of SB 1193: Human Trafficking: Public Posting Requirements, which became a state law in 2012. SB 1193 requires the public posting of the phone numbers of the National Human Trafficking Hotline and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking’s Hotline in mass transit hubs, emergency rooms, bars and other establishments.

Although the law went into effect in April 2013, the work was not done. So, in early 2014 CAST and a coalition of partners launched a grass-roots campaign to implement this law. Together with the National Council of Jewish Women/LA (NCJW), T’ruah. Jewish Labor Committee, Oasis USA and the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, CAST led a series of trainings to prepare volunteers to go out into their communities and distribute the hotline posters.

CAST worked together with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to identify the businesses who must comply with SB 1193. The District Attorney and City Attorney are standing behind this effort and are sending out compliance notices to the required businesses.

Review the District Attorney’s and City Attorney’s Compliance Letter.

SB 1193 posters are available upon request from NCJW/LA, who generously funded the printing of the posters. They are also available for in-house printing with this 11x17 file.

Full Bill Text Bill Summary Roadmap to Implementation

SB 657 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

SB657 is a crucial step in reducing the demand for slave made products by providing a tool for consumers, including businesses, to better know how products are made. By providing a mechanism for concerned consumers to be able to compare company efforts on forced labor and human trafficking in their “supply chains,” people can make more informed decisions to spend their hard-earned dollars with the more responsible company.

Full Bill Text Bill Summary

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