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Coalition Works To Strengthen Laws Against Human Traffickers

Human Trafficking in VirginiaVirginia’s status as the last state to enact a standalone statute for human trafficking may be a thing of the past after the General Assembly in 2015.

Several groups have formed a coalition called Kids Are Not For Sale to strengthen laws against human traffickers by passing legislation that creates a separate statute for human trafficking in Virginia. Shared Hope International, Richmond Justice Initiative, Regency Law School and the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative are all a part of the grassroots movement to enact the new statute. The statute eliminates the need to prove coercion, force or fraud, if the victim is a minor. More

RJI Receives $10,000 Contribution from AT&T for Prevention Education

Press release from the Richmond Justice Initiative:

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) received a $10,000 contribution from AT&T to support its ongoing prevention education programs.

The announcement was made at Hermitage High School.

The latest contribution from AT&T will allow RJI’s signature, award-winning Prevention Project® program to expand its prevention education resources and to continue to reach more schools around Virginia, and across the country! The Prevention Project team works with advocates and local school officials to get the curriculum in their schools. The Prevention Project is now in North Carolina, Texas, Oregon, and has furthered its reach to more schools in VA!   More

Richmond Justice Initiative Honors Henrico County Prosecutor

From Richmond Justice Initiative:

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Justice Initiative hosted a reception for its organization Saturday evening in the home of Amy and Steven Williams, partner with McGuire Woods LLP. Richmond Justice Initiative awarded the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney of Henrico, Mike Feinmel, with its Freedom Maker Award.

Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman, an advisory board member for Richmond Justice Initiative, delivered an address as the keynote speaker in support of the organization’s work and accomplishments and spoke on the issue of human trafficking.

“It was an honor to host this event in the Williams’ home. It is only by the support of our community and individuals such as Mike Feinmel and Congressman Wittman that we are able to continue to fight human trafficking in Richmond and beyond,” said Sara Pomeroy, Founder and President of Richmond Justice Initiative. More

U.S. Senate Brings Human Trafficking Bill to a Standstill after House Approval

The Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, House Resolution 2283, passed by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support last Wednesday, July 23. The Senate counterpart, Senate Bill 1249, had already been referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where committee leaders Sens. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, and Bob Corker, R-TN, decided to put the bill aside for the time being.

The Richmond Justice Initiative, a non-profit, faith-based organization whose mission is to advocate, educate and raise human trafficking awareness in Virginia, celebrated the passage of the bill in the House along with the national attention the issue has received.

“The Richmond Justice Initiative is celebrating the passage of HR 2283 in the House. We are excited and encouraged to see Congress making the end of modern day slavery a priority,” stated Alicia Cundiff, RJI’s advocacy manager. “Thanks to the hard work of community advocates across the country, including hundreds of Virginians, our voices were heard and Congress listened.”  More

The Obama Administration’s Human Trafficking

This article was originally published at Front Page Magazine

Murrieta-Patrice-Lynesby Arnold Ahlert

For all intents and purposes, the Obama administration is engaged in human trafficking.

At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Health and Human Services Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg admitted that, even if the Obama administration knew it was releasing Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) to other illegal aliens, they would do so based on the “totality of the circumstances” that apparently justifies such irresponsibility. However, when pressed by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Greenburg made it clear the Obama administration doesn’t even want to know to whom they are releasing the children, disclosing the reality that HHS does “not verify the immigration status of the individual.” More