For the fourth year, the Carole Landis Foundation has partnered with the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute) to support the Justice for Victims Clinical Fellowship.
The Clinical Fellow partners with the Salvation Army's New Day To Stop Trafficking Drop In Center. She provides direct advocacy for prostituted victims, including working with the Defenders Association and/or serving as the victims' criminal defense attorney, as well as working with judges in restorative justice programs that benefit the victims.
The CSE Institute works with local and national legislators to improve the legal system's response to commercial sexual exploitation.
Pennsylvania's "Safe Harbor Bill" is one example of its advocacy. The Safe Harbor bill ensures that child victims are protected rather than prosecuted; empowers state agencies to support child victims through the development of specialized services for sexually exploited children; enhances law enforcement efforts to assist victims by mandating training for police officers on how to identify, interview, and assist a sexually exploited child; and establishes a fund for victim services and a public awareness campaign.
In November 2018, CSE Institute Director Shea Rhodes, Justice for Victims Senior Fellow Sarah Robinson and other integral advocates joined Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 554, Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children (Act 130 of 2018).
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