Georgia: Campaign to Pass the Safe Harbor Amendment

IHTI is an active member of the campaign to support the Safe Harbor Amendment, as referred to as constitutional amendment 2. As part of a United Way of Greater Atlanta coalition, we will be holding a number of events between now and election day on November 8, 2016 to ensure passage of this important resolution. In the November 2016 General Election, Georgia voters will be asked to vote on a State Constitutional Amendment that would allow for additional penalties to be applied to those found guilty of trafficking, prostitution, and related crimes and to use those funds to establish a Safe Harbor Fund for survivors.

Please visit our events page regularly to stay up-to-date on important activities on this and other campaigns.

Click here to read more about the Safe Harbor Amendment.

Action Steps to raise Awareness about Constitutional Amendment #2:

  1. Encourage early voter registration with an emphasis on voting Yes for Amendment #2 at an existing Forum or event on campus.
  2. Organize an information session on campus. We have a presentation deck that we can share with you.
  3. Join our social media campaign by following us on FB & Twitter @SafeHarborYes and encouraging others to do so as well. Sign the Pledge to Vote Yes on our website
  4. Arrange for an announcement at a football game, we have material that could be used for this and if this an option please let us know and we help you with this.
  5. Set up a Tail Gate booth at a football game with Safe Harbor Yes messaging. We have material on our website that would be available for distribution.
  6. ON OCT. 17 we will be launching a POWERFUL social media ad that we want all groups and individuals to share across social media.
This policy memo was created by Carla Francis and Holger Loewendorf, students in the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Georgia.

This memorandum focuses on the nexus between sex trafficking and prostitution in the state of Georgia. Sex trafficking is defined as an action that through means of force has goals of exploitation (UNODC, 2004). Atlanta’s underground sex industry totals over $300 million dollars per year, and a majority of the workers are victims of sex trafficking (Boone, 2014). Georgia state law addresses sex trafficking victims that are minors, but there is no protection for adult victims, who are prosecuted for prostitution when rescued. Adult victims do not have access to protection funds like minor victims, while the Trafficking Victims Protection Act at the federal level only provides protection for victims that are brought into the United States from other countries. This gap constitutes an inadequacy in state law in terms of protection for adult victims of domestic sex trafficking who work as prostitutes. Read more