JLSD SPAC/Legislative Liaisons Summer Bill Support

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What we do: JLSD supports bills that relate to women and children, foster youth and anti-human trafficking.  To become law, each bill introduced by a legislative member must move through both houses – the Assembly and the Senate – and be voted to pass at each step (specific committees, fiscal committee, and the house floor).  If passed by both houses, the California Governor can then either sign the bill into law, or veto the bill.  JLSD’s Legislative Liaisons write letters of support to the author of the bill, as well as each committee that the bill passes through, asking for their vote of support.

We have a team of 16 JLSD members who volunteered to help us with support letters throughout the summer.  We are currently working to support the following 17 bills:

Bill Description
AB 9 Make our tax code gender neutral, end a longstanding tax on feminine hygiene products and join 8 other states in fixing this
AB 27 If an offender rapes someone who is not able to give consent, whether because of disability, intoxication, or unconsciousness, bill wants to classify as a violent felony (rather than the current serious felony)
AB 67 Defines Human Trafficking as a violent felony
AB 507 Specific annual training plan developed for parents with foster youth based on needs of youth
AB 766 Closes a gap in AB 12 payments for minor dependents in post secondary education
AB 900 Allows Human Trafficking victims to be eligible for compensation
AB 1227 Adds Human Trafficking to health education in school
AB 1375 Develops a database for placing foster youth in the most appropriate location
AB 1406 Gives matching grants for homeless programs
AB 1495 Allows victims and law enforcement to sue child rapists to curb the demand for exploitation
AB 1520 Aims to reduce child poverty by 50% over the next 20 years by adopting a framework for continued investment in programs and approaches that have been researched and proven to impact poverty in the most cost-effective ways.
AB 1567 Require County Welfare Departments to coordinate with California State Universities and community colleges to improve access that foster youth have to campus support programs and resources
SB 225 Revise its model human trafficking notice to include the option of texting to a hotline.
SB 230 Exception: personal character admissible to use for cases against commercial sexual offense
SB 245 Health education provided to foster youth through case plan
SB 270 Require a hotel or motel that provides lodging services in the state to train its employees who are likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking in recognizing the signs of human trafficking and how to report those signs to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
SB 597 Adds victims of human trafficking to the list of people eligible for the Safe at Home program. The Safe at Home program provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service to eligible people. Safe at Home program participants can use their confidential address for numerous services: petition for a confidential legal name change, confidential voter registration, confidential driver’s license and vehicle registration.

If you are interested in supporting any of these bills – check out their status by looking up the bill number on http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ . If you are interested in personally supporting any of these pieces of legislation, please reach out to the JLSD Legislative Liaisons for more information on how to lend your personal support (outside of the league).

Shauna Sliwkanich and Brandi Cropper

JLSD 2017-2018 Legislative Liaisons

Solutions Summit 2017

What is the Junior League’s Solution Summit? – Members of the Junior League of San Diego and community partners continuously working toward improving the lives of Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) in San Diego County.

image4[1] Speakers: Dairrick Hodges, Judge Sharon Kalemkiarian, Veronica Castillo (Photo: Eric Gonzales Photography)

 

This year’s Solutions Summit, held at the San Diego Central Library on March 22 and 23, focused primarily on establishing potential solutions to solve TAY issues related to 3 issues: (1) pregnancy and prevention, (2) housing, and (3) sexual exploitation. The themes were determined by a steering committee and decided on by Just in Time’s LEAP Council, as this year’s Solutions Summit team hoped to add more of a TAY voice to the event.

Over 60 community partners, each with a TAY connection, participated in this year’s event and lent themselves to the following potential initiatives:

  1. Developing an app that helps with decision making to prevent human trafficking
  2. Creating a video series to teach TAY parenting skills and relationship norms
  3. Two new conferences for TAY and their supporters – one including resources related to housing, and the other focused on pregnancy prevention.

All potential outcomes will be reviewed by the Junior League to determine whether TAY Task Forces will be able to assist in implementing the initiatives.

image2[1]Speaker: Councilwoman Lorie Zapf

 

4 March – Legislations & Libations

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It is fair to say that the JLSD ladies are the best and brightest, but do we all know how our government works?

JLSD’s State Public Affairs Delegates understand your pain, and are here to train our ladies to talk politics. Join “Legislation and Libations” on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, at the JLSD house to train yourself to be politically savvy. Get a California Government 101 run-through, learn more about SPAC-authored (written) bills, and analyze a bill all over mimosas, just like the pros in DC do it!

Assemblyman Todd Gloria will be the keynote speaker. Training credit will be given to attendees. Sign up on the JLSD training website here.

 

 

Junior League San Diego joins “The Little Black Dress Initiative”

Junior League San Diego joins “The Little Black Dress Initiative”

Today marks the first day the Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) joins The Little Black Dress Initiative (#TheLBDI) – a global mission to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.”

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When we consider the symptoms of poverty – homelessness, unemployment, food insecurity and limited education – foster youth are disproportionately affected.  

The Junior League of San Diego has a long-standing tradition supporting foster youth.  Therefore, throughout this #TheLBDI week, February 6-10, 2017, our Junior League of San Diego members will wear one black dress for five days to spark a conversation about foster youth and how everyone can help break their cycle of poverty.

The Junior League of San Diego invites YOU to join the cause.  Lend your voice to our mission to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.”  When you see see your JLSD friend, neighbor, or colleague supporting The Little Black Dress Initiative this week, consider:

  • sharing your own experience with poverty, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
  • sharing your efforts to help others overcome poverty, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
  • sharing the name of a local organization working effectively to eliminate poverty in our community, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
  • sharing your support of the Junior League of San Diego member’s commitment to “Making Poverty Unfashionable,” by donating to the Annual Fund. #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD

Poverty is real in our community.  Join us this week by sharing your #TheLBDI #WhyIJLSD #JLSDDoesLBD story.  Together, we can become a stronger voice as JLSD works to advocate for those less fortunate.  

 

 

JLSD Human Trafficking Awareness Rally

2017-ht-rally-digital-banners_jlsdwebsiteThe Human Trafficking epidemic in America is stealing both our children’s innocence, and the livelihood of adults, and we cannot back down. The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from nine to 19, with the average being age 11. Many victims are not just runaways or abandoned, but are from “good” families who are coerced by clever traffickers.

Junior League of San Diego believes that awareness of and training to confront and stop human and labor trafficking is key to an improved outcome in San Diego County. Via the Rally, audience participants will learn from San Diego community subject matter experts and gain the knowledge and resources available to help those who may be at risk in our community. Register today: bit.ly/JLSDRally2017

Featured Speakers:

Congresswoman Susan Davis, US House of Representatives – 53rd District

Senator Toni Atkins, California State Senate – 39th District

Summer Stephan, Chief Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

Michelle Shoemaker, Director, Churches Against Trafficking

Dr. Jennifer Prager, Director, Victims Counseling Services

Bettina Hausmann, President and CEO, United Nations Association San Diego

Christina Marzocca, Women’s Equity Council

Anne Hoiberg, San Diego Trafficking Advisory Council

Susan Muncey, Director, Generate Hope

Ruby Chacon, US Immigration and Custom Enforcement Victim Specialist

Marisa Ogarte, Outreach Coordinator, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition