Don’t miss the training on August 12-14 in Sioux Falls, “US Attorney’s Office Violent Crime and Human Trafficking Conference”. Elizabeth Smart-Gilmour, Penn State Victim #1 and various national movers and shakers in the field will focus their expertise on Indian Country. Go to Avera.org/humantraffickingconference
2014 BEGINS WITH AN IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
The 2013 South Dakota Legislative Study Committee on domestic violence held three regional hearings in Pierre, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls, at which they listened very thoughtfully to domestic violence advocates and survivors, judges, prosecutors and law enforcement personnel. These public hearings led to the bipartisan introduction of legislation including:
SB 2: Provides for the delayed arrest, under certain circumstances, in regard to certain outstanding warrants for victims of domestic abuse with minor children.
SB 3: Will provide for continuity in the judicial review of certain lawsuits, complaints, and petitions between parties to a petition for certain protection orders.
SB 4: Ensures, by service, notice to the respondent and opportunity for the respondent to be heard prior to enforcement of certain foreign domestic protection orders.
SB 5: Will permit the court reciprocal discretion to hear certain petitions for protection orders due to domestic abuse and for protection orders due to stalking or physical injury.
SB 6: Would establish the crime of committing certain acts of domestic abuse in the presence of a minor child.
SB 7: Modifies the persons eligible for protection from domestic abuse and to revise certain terminology.
After the Polaris Project called South Dakota’s human trafficking laws the “weakest in the nation”, Attorney General Marty Jackley is in favor of a law that would forfeit the property of people convicted of internet pornography crimes against children and human sex trafficking to the State, similar to the process used against drug dealers. Other legislation may be in the works, some of which would protect victims of trafficking from being charged with prostitution and giving other protections to victims.
Check this site later this month for links to more legislative information and information important to advocates.