House Bill 989 Overview

  • Authorizes Human Trafficking (HT) victims to receive crime victim compensation awards and relocation awards (Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Grant)
  • Protects the identity of HT victims, and increases penalties for HT offenses¬†¬†
  • Provides for expunction of criminal history records of certain charges against victims
  • Requires destruction of investigative records related to expunged records
  • Provides for confidentiality of court records
  • Eliminates statute of limitations for prosecution of a specified HT provision
  • Prohibits the employment of minors in adult theaters

The federal VOCA Assistance Grant program offers funding to local community providers for use in responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims, assisting victims in stabilizing their lives after their victimization, helping victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system, and providing victims with a measure of safety and security.

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Grant Program