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                                   THIRD READING 

          Bill No:  AB 2221
          Author:   Cristina Garcia (D) and Grove (R)
          Amended:  8/18/16 in Senate
          Vote:     21 

           SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE:  7-0, 6/21/16
           AYES:  Hancock, Anderson, Glazer, Leno, Liu, Monning, Stone

           AYES:  Lara, Bates, Beall, Hill, McGuire, Mendoza, Nielsen

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  76-0, 5/19/16 (Consent) - See last page for  

           SUBJECT:   Criminal procedure:  human trafficking witnesses

          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  This bill authorizes minor victims of human trafficking  
          to be provided with victim witness assistance.

          Senate Floor Amendments of 8/18/16 remove the specification that  
          victim witness assistance centers provide victims assistance  
          prior to testifying. 


          Existing law:


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          1)Specifies that a prosecuting witness in a case involving a  
            violation or attempted violation of specified offenses,  
            including human trafficking, shall be entitled, for support,  
            to the attendance of up to two persons of his or her own  
            choosing, one of whom may be a witness, at the preliminary  
            hearing and at the trial, or at a juvenile court proceeding,  
            during the testimony of the prosecuting witness. (Penal Code,  
            § 868.5.)

          2)States that only one of those support persons may accompany  
            the witness to the witness stand, although the other may  
            remain in the courtroom during the witness' testimony. (Penal  
            Code, § 868.5.)

          This bill specifies that a minor who is a victim of human  
          trafficking must be provided with assistance from the local  
          county Victim Witness Assistance Center if the victim so  
          desires.  This bill does not require a local agency to operate a  
          Victim Witness Assistance Center.


          Victims of crime may suffer physical, emotional, or financial  
          harm. Victims and witnesses to a crime may face retaliation or  
          intimidation in connection with their potential participation in  
          the criminal justice system.  Victims and witness can also be  
          confused by a criminal justice system that is not familiar to  
          them.  Victim Witness Assistance Programs can provide assistance  
          with these issues.  These programs are frequently connected to  
          the county district attorney's office.  Victim Witness  
          Assistance Programs generally have trained and experienced  
          advocates provide services for victims and witnesses interacting  
          with the criminal justice system.  Services can include crisis  
          counseling, orientation to the criminal justice system,  
          community referrals, assistance with applying for victim  
          compensation, a support group for family members of homicide  
          victims, and many other services.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No

          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/18/16)


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          Bakersfield Police Department
          California Police Chiefs Association
          Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
          Peace Officers Research Association of California 

          OPPOSITION:   (Verified8/18/16)

          None received

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  76-0, 5/19/16
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Arambula, Atkins, Baker,  
            Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke,  
            Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper,  
            Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines,  
            Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson,  
            Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger  
            Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey,  
            Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mayes, Medina,  
            Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen,  
            Patterson, Quirk, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago,  
            Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber,  
            Wilk, Wood, Rendon
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Chang, Mathis, McCarty, Williams

          Prepared by:Molly Lao / PUB. S. / 
          8/19/16 18:44:31

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