Sex trafficked youth; DCJS to administer two-year pilot program to provide safe harbor for youth. (SB1292)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) with support from co-patrons Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Criminal Justice Services; two-year pilot program; safe harbor for sex trafficked youth. Provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services, in consultation with the Virginia State Crime Commission, shall identify a suitable locality to administer a two-year Demand Reduction and Safe Harbor for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficked Youth pilot program that focuses on (i) implementing proactive reverse sting operations that target buyers of sex services, (ii) utilizing a multidisciplinary response team to coordinate assessment and treatment for victims of sex trafficking, and (iii) designing an alternative to an arrest protocol. The bill provides that the goal of the program is to reduce the arrest of sex trafficking victims, reduce demand for commercial sex exploitation by focusing on buyers, and establish high-quality education, alternative employment opportunities, and life skills for victims. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23102057D
01/10/2023Referred to Committee on Rules
01/31/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1292)
02/03/2023Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2023Committee substitute printed 23106343D-S1
02/03/2023Reported from Rules with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1292S1)
02/06/2023Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23106343D-S1
02/06/2023Reading of amendments waived
02/06/2023Amendments by Senator agreed to
02/06/2023Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB1292ES1
02/06/2023Printed as engrossed 23106343D-ES1
02/06/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2023Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2023Placed on Calendar
02/07/2023Read first time
02/07/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1292ES1)
02/11/2023Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/13/2023House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/13/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/13/2023Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/2023Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2023Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/2023Committee substitute printed 23106680D-H1
02/20/2023Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2023Read second time
02/23/2023Read third time
02/23/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23106680D-H1
02/23/2023Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1292H1
02/23/2023Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/23/2023VOTE: Block Vote Passage (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2023House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2023Title replaced 23106680D-H1
02/27/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1292H1)
03/07/2023Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1292ER)
03/08/2023Signed by President
03/08/2023Signed by Speaker
03/10/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1292ER)
03/13/2023Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 13, 2023
03/13/2023G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2023
03/26/2023G Approved by Governor-Chapter 556 (effective 7/1/23)
03/26/2023G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0556)

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The following bills are identical to this one: HB2131.

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