Statement on Passage of HB 3 in Senate Judiciary Committee

Marylee Underwood, staff attorney, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs

“We applaud the Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee for taking action on human trafficking and passing House Bill 3 out of committee today. This bill will ensure that child victims get the services they need to heal and provide better resources for law enforcement officers and prosecutors. We especially appreciate the amendments offered by Chairman Whitney Westerfield and Senator Katie Stine that will further strengthen the bill.”

Tara Grieshop, chief policy officer, Kentucky Youth Advocates

“The Senate Judiciary Committee took a great step for kids today, passing House Bill 3. We applaud Chairman Westerfield and committee members for helping the primary sponsors – Representative Overly and Representative Wuchner – ensure children exposed to human trafficking receive services to help them recover. This bill is one that both parties can agree on, and we now look forward to the Senate taking up the bill on the floor and passing it this session to put these protections in place quickly for child victims.”