On November 3, 2017, The Washington Post reported that, "A major technology industry group reversed course and said it will support a bill designed to make it easier to sue websites that enable sex trafficking online.
The Internet Association, which counts Google, Facebook, Twitter and others among its members, said Friday that it now supports the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) after a compromise that addresses fears that the bill would make Internet companies more vulnerable to litigation."
Congress seems to be making definite progress with this legislation, which amends section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and "...ensures justice for victims of sex trafficking and ensure that websites such as Backpage.com, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice."
And legislators have been responding to Hope4Justice members requesting passage of this bill. Lisa P. received a letter from Senator Maria Cantwell stating, "Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 1693, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. Sexual abuse and trafficking of children is unacceptable and immoral in any circumstance."
Regarding the concerns of technology companies, Senator Cantwell said, "I will continue to work with my colleagues to find solutions that allow us to continue to combat sex trafficking without undermining America’s freedom of expression."
As part of the Hope4Justice postcard campaign to lobby for Senate Bill1693, Rose S. sent Patty Murray a postcard. Surprisingly, she received a response! It was brief but basically thanked Rose for contacting her regarding S.1693 and promised to "keep her views in mind."
The letters and postcards sent by Hope4Justice members have helped advocate for passage of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. Hopefully both the Senate and House will quickly pass this bill that takes important steps toward safeguarding American children from online trafficking.
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ON THE CALENDAR
THIS WEEK: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5-7 pm: Help Hope4Justiceserve dinner to Rebound families. Location: CTK Bellingham, 4173 Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7-8:30 pm: Hope4Justice meeting to discuss the STEP scholarship and anti-trafficking curriculums & plans for presentation. Open to the public. Location: Engedi Learning Center Conference Room, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA.
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5:30 - 9:00 PM:
Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County.
Location: Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd., Ferndale, WA
Appetizers, beverages, and dessert will be served.
Semi-formal attire suggested.
Cost: $50 per person. Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by Nov. 25th.
Note: Watch for additional events that may be added
You can still help out with the Rebound dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16th!
Help set up, serve, and clean up - or - drop off a dessert that can be eaten with fingers (brownies, cookies, etc.) before 4 pm at CTK Bellingham, 4173 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA
Set up starts at 5:00 pm; clean up ends by 7:00 pm.
Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org sign up to help or bring dessert
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings plus event involvement. We encourage you to get involved in the events listed in the calendar section.
Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left.