STATE EFFORTS TO PASS LEGAL REFORM
Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington have all passed some form of Safe Harbor Legislation, with Texas benefiting from a state supreme court ruling to similar effect, and New Jersey very close to passing their own bill. Scroll down this page to find specific details on your state law.
Bill: Senate Bill 153: AN ACT PROVIDING A SAFE HARBOR FOR EXPLOITED CHILDREN
Governor: Signed June 7, 2010
State House: Passed May 6, 2010
State Senate: Passed April 27, 2010
Bill: HB 99: An act relating to sexual exploitation, and SB 202: Florida Safe Harbor Act.
Resources: ECPAT-USA’s Summary, HB 99, Bill Highlights.
Effective: January 2013.
Governor: Signed April 13, 2012
State House: Passed February 23, 2012
State Senate: Passed March 8, 2012.
Bill: HB 6462: Illinois Safe Children Act;
Governor: Signed August 20, 2010
State House: Passed May 26, 2010
State Senate: Passed May 26, 2010
Bill: H.3808: An Act relative to the commercial exploitation of people
Resources: Bill Summary.
Effective: February 19, 2012.
Governor: Signed November 21, 2011.
State House: Enacted November 15, 2011
State Senate: Enacted November 15, 2011
Active Organizations: The HEAAT Foundation, Polaris Project, Junior Leagues of NJ State Public Affairs Committee, NJCASA
In 2010 the Texas Supreme Court issued a decision on the case of a 13 year old commercially sexually exploited child who was prosecuted for prostitution. The court found that a child under the age of 14 cannot be prosecuted for prostitution due to conflict with consent laws.
Decision: Supreme Court Opinion
Resources: ECPAT-USA’s Summary;
Bill: H. 153: AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Resources: Highlights of H153, ECPAT-USA’s Press Release
Governor: Signed May 31, 2011
State House: Passed February 18, 2011
State Senate: Passed May 2, 2011
Bill: SB 6476: Revising provisions relating to sex crimes involving minors
Effective: April 10, 2010
Governor: Signed April 1, 2010
State House: Passed March 3, 2010
State Senate: Passed March 9, 2010