Help Team Sara get to the Capitol April 9, 2013

On April 9th, we desperately wish to testify at the Public Safety Committee hearing in support of Senator Leland Yee’s SB-327, Human Trafficking: Recall and Resentencing Bill a.k.a Sara Kruzan’s Bill.

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On April 9th, we desperately wish to testify at the Public Safety Committee hearing in support of Senator Leland Yee’s SB-327, Human Trafficking: Recall and Resentencing Bill a.k.a Sara Kruzan’s Bill.

We are raising funds to cover our travel and lodging expenses. Please help us see our teams January lobbying efforts through. It takes a village to create change for Sara and human trafficking victims in California - your help is needed!

Background:

Human Trafficking victim turned survivor, Sara Jessimy Kruzan (SJK), has been incarcerated for 19 years now. Sara was groomed by her trafficker beginning at age 11. By 13, she was raped and sold on the streets. Night after night, she was commercially sexually exploited for her abuser’s gain. By 16, she was forced to shoot her trafficker and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. After exhausting her appeals, Sara had no other legal alternatives. Kruzan’s only recourse and defense was to use ‘intimate partner battering’ in order to petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus - her first opportunity to tell her story. However, her trafficker was not her ‘partner,’ he was not a boyfriend. 11 year-old children do not have 30-something year-old boyfriends, and they certainly cannot give consent to sex. Sara’s trafficker was a pedophile; an abuser; a monster. If SB327 was in place, Sara could have utilized a Writ of Habeas Corpus sooner. If Kruzan was able to identify herself as a human trafficking victim while identifying her abuser as a ‘trafficker’ and not as a ‘partner’ it would have greatly affected the outcome of her case.

It is our wish that something positive can come out of Sara J. Kruzan’s 19 years in prison. Together we can bring about the change needed for human trafficking victims in the state of California.

“This bill would make those provisions applicable to cases in which competent and substantial expert testimony relating to human trafficking, as defined, and its effects was not presented to the trier of fact at the trial court proceedings and is of such substance that, had the competent and substantial expert testimony been presented, there is a reasonable probability, sufficient to undermine confidence in the judgment of conviction or sentence, that the result of the proceedings would have been different.”

Please help us be a voice for all the “Sara’s” on April 9th, so that they all will be afforded the dignity and legal recourse to tell their story of abuse and correctly label their traffickers for what they are. Victims of human trafficking should not have to call their traffickers, their ‘partners’ in order to obtain their freedom in our justice system.

To read Senate Bill 327: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB327

To sign the Change.org petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/petitioning-california-state-senators-representatives-protect-victims-of-human-trafficking-support-sb-327

To learn more about Sara Kruzan:

Website: IamSJK.com
Twitter: @ForcesforSara
Facebook: facebook.com/forcesforsara
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