Assemblymember Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, announced Thursday that Assembly Bill 629 unanimously passed the State Assembly and is now headed to the Senate, officials said.
AB 629 is set to help victims of human trafficking rebuild their lives, according to Smith’s office.
“Victims of human trafficking experience unimaginable trauma and violence,” Smith said. “In order to restore justice, we must ensure trafficking survivors have the resources and tools to build a better future. AB 629 speaks to a victim’s ability to recover and returns dignity to survivors of human trafficking.”
California’s Victim Compensation Program provides assistance to victims who have suffered physical injury or the threat of physical injury as a result of violent crime, according to officials.
These threats include covering unforeseen expenses such as medical bills, mental health treatment, funeral and burial expenses and income loss.
Under current law, victims of human trafficking are excluded from receiving compensation for lost wages, Smith said.
AB 629 is intended to ensure that human trafficking victims are set to be eligible for compensation for lost or underpaid wages, like any other victim of crime.
Smith worked with co-sponsors Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, Bet Tzedek Legal Services and joint author, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez D-San Diego, to move AB 629.
The bill received bipartisan and unanimous support from the Assembly and now heads to the Senate for approval.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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