The Nebraska Legislature voted unanimously to advance a bill aimed at improving practical protections for victims of human trafficking: address confidentiality.
LB280, sponsored by State Senator Sue Crawford of Bellevue, adds trafficking victims to the list of protected individuals who are able to receive address confidentiality under the Nebraska Address Confidentiality Program. The current list includes victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
With increasing awareness of human trafficking, changing this statute to include trafficking victims is common sense. Nebraska takes the safety of these victims seriously as they seek to separate themselves from their traffickers.
NFA Executive Director Karen Bowling testified in support of this bill during a committee hearing in front of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee:
NFA supports LB280 and the work of Senator Crawford. . . Adding human trafficking victims to the Address Confidentiality Program would demonstrate a positive step for Nebraska. Hopefully, it would encourage trafficking victims to take an important step in separating themselves from their trafficker and encourage victims of human trafficking that they are valuable and dignified members of society and that the state of Nebraska takes their safety seriously. . .We encourage [senators] to advance LB280 and protect some of the most vulnerable among us.