Fresno, California 2021-09-14 19:48:42 –
“The goal here in Fresno is to separate victims from traffickers, bring them to a safe place where they can start a new life, and give them the tools to clear their names. “He said.
Currently, local law enforcement agencies and the California Department of Justice have had a year since the court’s ruling to delete survivor records. This can be difficult when trying to pass a job background check.
The bill shortens that period to 90 days in the judge’s decision.
“These women standing with me today and women all over the country are victims and victims of trafficking,” said Mayor Jerry Dyer. “Whatever we can do as a society so that they can return to normal life is what we have to do.”
At this time, trafficking victims are expected to pay all fines and meet all probationary requirements before asking a judge to clear a criminal record.
However, in the criminal record, it is almost impossible to find a job.
Without work, it’s difficult to pay a fine to break a record.
“How do you get a job when you have a record of paying a fine and you can ask the court to revoke the crime,” Patterson said. “It’s a virtuous cycle.”
With the Governor’s signature, AB 262 allows trafficking survivors to ask the court to delete the record.
“The legislation is on the governor’s desk,” Patterson said. “It’s self-evident that California needs this kind of law, and I hope he signs it and signs it soon.”
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