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Action Alert: Help Pass Law to Prosecute More Traffickers in Illinois

Update on May 22, 2012: Thanks to your advocacy, this bill has passed in the Senate!

What Is Happening? The Illinois Senate Criminal Law Committee is considering HB 5278, a bill that gives prosecutors more opportunities to hold sex traffickers accountable. The bill also seeks to generate resources for services for survivors of prostitution and trafficking. For more details, view a fact sheet here.

When? The Committee will hold a hearing on HB 5278 on Wednesday, April 25, at noon.

How Can You Help? Call the committee members’ offices before the Wednesday hearing. You can leave a message with staff answering the phones, and say “I am calling to ask the Senator to vote yes on HB 5278 when it comes up for a vote in the Criminal Law Committee.”  Calling all the offices will only take a few minutes of your time and will make real impact!

Who Should You Call?
Committee Chair Michael Noland (D)*
Senator 22nd District - Elgin
(217) 782-7746

Committee Vice Chair Kwame Raoul (D)
Senator 13th District - Chicago
(217) 782-5338

William R. Haine (D)
Senator 56th District - Alton
(217) 782-5247

Dan Kotowski (D)
Senator 33rd District – Park Ridge
(217) 782-3875

John G. Mulroe (D)*
Senator 10thDistrict – Chicago
(773) 763-3810

John J. Millner (R)
Senator 28th District - Bloomingdale
(217) 782-8192

Tim Bivins (R)
Senator 45th District - Dixon
(217) 782-0180

Kirk W. Dillard (R)
Senator 24th District - Westmont
(217) 782-8148

Thomas Johnson (R)
Senator 48th District – Wheaton
(630) 682-8100

*These Senators are co-sponsors of the legislation. Please thank them for their sponsorship!

Questions? Call Lynne Johnson, policy and advocacy director, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation at 773-244-2230 ext 5, or email lynne@caase.org.

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The End Demand Illinois campaign is shifting law enforcement's attention to sex traffickers and people who buy sex, while proposing a network of support for survivors of the sex trade.

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