Friday, June 4, 2010

Follow Up to HB 493

from Sondra Miller, Vice President of Community Engagement

An example of the benefits, importance and success of advocacy ...

From: Sondra Miller
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 2:36 PM
To: District15
Subject: Vote YES on HB 493!

Hi Representative DeGeeter, I am writing to urge you to support and guide HB 493 to the floor.

HB493 will criminalize trafficking in persons as a 2nd degree felony and define involuntary servitude in order to comprehensively combat human trafficking in Ohio. Ohio should join the federal government and 44 other states to address this serious human rights violation.

As you know, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center serves many victims of sex trafficking. Please let us know if we can be helpful in moving this legislation to the floor.

Thank you for the work that you do. Sondra Miller

From: DeGeeter, Timothy
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 3:12 PM
To: Sondra Miller
Subject: RE: Vote YES on HB 493!

Dear Sondra,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me and share your support for House Bill 493, the anti-human trafficking legislation.

I understand that human trafficking is an extremely serious crime that takes away the most fundamental of human rights. The prevalence of human trafficking in Ohio is alarming, to say the least. As the newly appointed Chairman of Criminal Justice, it is my intent to move forward with this bill and have additional hearings (although it looks like it may not be until we return from summer recess).

If you are interested in testifying in support of the bill, I can add your name to our committee notice list so you can be notified when an additional hearing is scheduled. Please let me know.
Again, thank you for voicing your support. Pease don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Timothy J. DeGeeter
Ohio State Representative
Ohio House District 15

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