WA Engage is getting a head start on the 2017 Legislative Session partnering with organizations around the state to introduce key legislation. Current projects include:
Reintroduction of Vacating of Prostitution Charges legislation in partnership with Seattle Against Slavery (SAS). We need cities and counties outside Seattle to be on board in support of this bill which in 2016 failed to move out of the Rules Committee. Please contact your City Mayor's Office and County Prosecutor's Office and ask if they would be willing to sign on to a Letter of Support currently being drafted by SAS. For a summary of talking points (why the current law does not meet the needs of human trafficking victims), please click here. If you have a strong lead for a signatory please contact SAS Executive Director, Robert Beiser, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Reintroduction of legislation requiring human trafficking awareness training for WA state hospitality workers in partnership with the WA State Lodging Association. In 2016, this legislation was titled the Human Trafficking Reporting Act and also failed to move out of the Rules Committee.