February 19th marks the 1-year anniversary of the enactment of An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People in Massachusetts. This legislative move has sweeping implications for the services and protections available to victims of trafficking and abuse, especially for victims of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).
Read details about the law and how SSW students can get involved in the fight against CSEC in the article by first-year student Alyssa Munsell here:
Massachusetts has made great strides in passing comprehensive legislation to combat human trafficking, especially the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). February 19, 2013 marks the one year anniversary of the enactment of An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People. This law…
• Included sexually exploited children in the legal definition of a Child in Need of Services (CHINS)
• Incorporated sexual exploitation and human trafficking into the definitions of child abuse.
• Significantly increased prison sentences and fines for both selling and buying sexual services with a child under age 18
• Created a Victims of Human Trafficking Trust Fund to finance services for victims of CSEC
• Required training for law enforcement officers in identifying victims of CSEC and facilitating proper services for them
• Permits a child to be immune from prosecution for particular sex crimes (e.g. prostitution), and a petition for services must be filed on the child's behalf
• Established a Human Trafficking Task Force, which consists of representatives from state and community organizations. This inter-agency coalition works to create policies and resources to end human trafficking and provide aid for victims and survivors For more in-depth information about ARCEP, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/governor/pressoffice/pressreleases/2011/111121-antihuman-trafficking-bill.html
How Can Simmons SSW Students Get Involved?
1. By joining the My Life, My Choice Social Work Student Action Team (SWAT)
-My Life My Choice is joining with MSW students to develop strategies on how to educate the next generation of social workers on the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). SWAT also discusses issues surrounding how best to help victims and survivors of CSEC within our placement agencies and in our communities.For more information, visit our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/bvdutrarhttp://www.facebook.com/bvdutraref=ts&fref=ts#!/MLMC.SWAT/info
Or contact Blair Dutra at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Attending the Turn On the Lights event, hosted by My Life, My Choice on March 28th. For details and registration information, please visit:http://www.traumacenter.org/initiatives/MLMC.php
3. Becoming educated and spreading awareness about CSEC. Please visit the My Life, My Choice Project website at:
Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)
On February 12, 2013, the Senate reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA reauthorization was amended to include protections and services for Native American women and the GLBTQ communities. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was also reauthorized as an amendment to VAWA. TVPA establishes more services for victims of human trafficking, and more severe penalties for the perpetrators of these horrendous crimes. For more information, please visit: