You may recall that Free to Thrive worked with a statewide Justice for Survivors Coalition to help pass AB 124 in 2021, and continued the work in 2022 to help implement the new law through stakeholder trainings and providing case consultations to attorneys working with survivors.
While AB 124 accomplished major improvements to California’s criminal laws impacting survivors of violence and trauma, many survivors were left out of the final bill.
Free to Thrive's Work Continues: Assembly Bill 1497
During the current 2023-2024 California legislative cycle, the Coalition has expanded even further and continues to pursue justice for victims and survivors through a new bill AB 1497 (Haney). This proposed law ensures that criminalized victims of violence and trauma – disproportionately represented in the criminal legal system by Black and brown women, youth, queer, or transgender victims – have equitable access to legal protections that open up pathways to healing and a fresh start for them and their families.
Show your support for AB 1497 by submitting a letter of support by Thursday, April 6!
2 Ways to SUBMIT Your Letter:
Directly to the Assembly Public Safety Committee Advocates Portal.