Yesterday I introduced an interim study to determine current services for victims of human trafficking and study other services from surrounding states that Nebraska should adopt. Combatting human trafficking is a top priority, but we should not forget those affected by it.
Below is the text of LR 186. You can also view it here.
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION 186 Introduced by Morfeld, 46; Coash, 27; Ebke, 32; Krist, 10; Pansing Brooks, 28; Scheer, 19; Seiler, 33; Williams, 36.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to study state services available to victims of human trafficking in Nebraska and shall include a comprehensive list of state services currently available for victims of human trafficking and a list of recommended state services that are currently unavailable to these victims. The study shall consider best practices in other states and include recommendations of national experts, victim advocates, law enforcement, medical professionals, legal parties, the courts, and treatment providers to create a comprehensive approach to serving these victims.
The study shall also assess Nebraska’s implementation of the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act relating to identifying and protecting at-risk children and youth, investigating collaborative and multidisciplinary models for identifying and protecting victims, and expanding and leveraging existing services for victims of domestic violence and other similar populations.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE ONE HUNDRED FOURTH LEGISLATURE OF NEBRASKA, FIRST SESSION:
1. That the Judiciary Committee of the Legislature shall be designated to conduct an interim study to carry out the purposes of this resolution.
2. That the committee shall upon the conclusion of its study make a report of its findings, together with its recommendations, to the Legislative Council or Legislature.