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2 Minute Advocacy Ask for the Week:

The “Ask”:  Ask members of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee to request a committee hearing on the House version of the Safe Harbor legislation, House Bill 244 and House Resolution 223.

The Why:  The “Safe Harbor Bill,” would develop a funding mechanism for services for sexually exploited/trafficked children by creating the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund and the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund Commission.  Such services could include family support, crisis intervention, counseling, and emergency housing.
So basically, the “Why” is that children who have been sold or rented for sex deserve all the help that we can get for them. A serious and productive conversation needs to be had about reliable funding to help these children.

The Message:  Dear Representative _______________, please request a committee hearing on the House version of the Safe Harbor legislation, House Bill 244 and House Resolution 223.  Children who are victims of human trafficking need services and supports which are currently unavailable due to a lack of committed funds.  Children who have been sold or rented for sex deserve all the help that we can get for them. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”

The How: Click here to contact members of the House Judiciary non-Civil Committee.

Bonus Ask for the Week:

The “Ask”:  Call Appropriations Chairman Terry England and the rest of the House Appropriations Committee members and thank them for preserving the funding associated with the Child Welfare Reform Council’s recommendations.

The Why:  Child Protective Service (CPS), foster care supports and recruitments, as well as DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services) workforce support and development, have been underfunded for ages.  It is a complicated agency that has a really hard mission, and our children and families deserve the best supports they can get. Georgia needs to value those who check in on and protect children on a day to day basis.  We appreciate the Appropriation Committee’s recognition and prioritization of the importance of this work.

The Message:  “Dear Chairman/Representative _______________, As a citizen of this great state, I want to thank you for your thoughtful approach to protecting and helping our children with your budget allocations based on the Child Welfare Reform Council recommendations.  Your efforts to improve systems and supports for some of our most vulnerable children is very much appreciated and valued.  Thank you.”

The How:  Click here for House Appropriations on Health & Human ResourcesCall or email the House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England.

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