While a great deal of progress has been made to combat domestic violence and human trafficking in New York, more work remains to be done.
Bill S.3220-Cleare/A.5955-Norris would make potentially lifesaving information for survivors of domestic violence and survivors of human trafficking available in state-owned buildings. Specifically, this bill would require the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence to collaborate with the New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking to create posters featuring information about the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline (1-800-942-6906) and the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888), as well as other information that might be helpful to survivors of domestic violence and/or human trafficking. The legislation would mandate that these posters be placed in public restrooms in every state-owned building that is supervised by the Office of General Services and is open to the public.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports this bill because it would place badly-needed information in a location where survivors might see it and make use of it. The State of New York must continue to take every available action to eradicate domestic violence and human trafficking, and passing this bill would be a step in the right direction.