Rep. Nicole La Ha’s First Bill Passes the House, Expanding Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking (w/Video)

Springfield, IL…State Representative Nicole La Ha’s first bill, HB 5467, successfully passed the Illinois House of Representative today. HB 5467 removes the statute of limitations for victims of human trafficking who were under the age of 18 at the time of the offense. This is Rep. Nicole La Ha’s first bill to pass the House of Representatives.

“Today, we take a significant step forward in our ongoing fight against human trafficking,” said Rep. Nicole La Ha. “Through the passage of HB 5467, we’re affirming a fundamental principle: justice should not have an expiration date. What we achieved today sends a message of support and empowerment to survivors of human trafficking. HB 5467 is a way to show them that their voices matter and that they have the right to seek justice whenever they are ready. I want every survivor of human trafficking to know that justice is always within reach.”

Under the previous law, victims of these heinous crimes faced a restrictive time frame within which prosecutions could be commenced. However, with the passing of HB 5467, this limitation is abolished for victims who were under 18 years of age at the time of the offense.

In addition to Rep. Nicole La Ha’s advocacy, HB 5467  garnered widespread support from lawmakers, advocacy groups, and community organizations dedicated to combating human trafficking. Their collective efforts have paved the way for a more just and equitable future for all Illinoisans. The bill now awaits vote in the Senate.

“With this issue, we’re not only changing laws but changing lives. I will continue to advocate for legislation that safeguards the rights and dignity of every individual as we strive for a society free from exploitation and injustice,” Rep. Nicole La Ha said.

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