ATLANTA (August 25, 2016) | Sen. Renee Unterman (R– Buford) attended the Safe Harbor Yes press conference yesterday at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The campaign for the Safe Harbor Amendment was announced and coalition representatives encouraged citizens to vote yes. Passing the amendment will ensure the creation of the Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Fund.
“It is an honor to be a part of such an important coalition,” said Sen. Unterman. “This constitutional amendment is the funding mechanism to take care of victims of sex trafficking. We ask the citizens of Georgia to spring into action and vote in favor of this amendment. Every child in Georgia is worth it and we must push forward to ensure funding and resources are available to take care of victims.”
The Safe Harbor Amendment will be on the General Election ballot on November 8, 2016. It will be the second amendment listed on the ballot. If passed, the Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Fund will be created. This fund will serve as a dedicated source of new funding that will provide restorative services and safe housing to child victims of sex trafficking. Extra fines for criminal offenses related to sex trafficking and a yearly fee for adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol will contribute to the fund. The funding source is constitutionally dedicated and funds cannot be used by the state for any other purpose.