Confidentiality Protections Extended To Trafficking Victims

On August 1, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.5444-Salazar/A.7515-Cruz (now Chapter 141 of the Law of 2019).

This legislation expands the state’s already-existing address confidentiality program. The program already provided a mechanism for domestic violence survivors to keep their addresses confidential. The new law expands the program, making address confidentiality available to survivors of human trafficking, survivors of sex offenses, and survivors of stalking. Address protection will also be available for the children of such persons.

According to the Governor, “many victims of sexual offenses, stalking or human trafficking also have a need for the benefits of an address confidentiality program because they often attempt to evade actual or threatened violence by moving to a new address in order to hide from an assailant or potential assailant. By offering victims of sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking the benefits of the Address Confidentiality Program, this legislation will help protect them from violence by helping them keep their actual addresses confidential.”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms applauds the passage of this pro-woman, pro-public safety measure. Batterers and predators are not entitled to any access to the persons that they have victimized.