Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Skoufis, Bar Owners Push for Anti-Trafficking Legislation

New York State Senator James Skoufis will join local bar owners and the Newburgh-based group Fearless to call on Governor Kathy Hochul to sign anti-trafficking legislation introduced by Skoufis.

The bill, which already passed State Assembly and Senate, will require bartender training programs to incorporate human trafficking awareness into their curricula.

The Orange County Tavern & Restaurant Association, Fearless, and Skoufis will meet at the Captain’s Table on Route 17M in Monroe tomorrow – July 19, 2022, at 12:30pm to call on Hochul to sign his legislation.

If approved, the legislation will fall under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.

Fearless, formerly known as Safe Homes, has an office at the Family Justice Center at 280 Broadway (3rd floor) in the City of Newburgh. They provide comprehensive assistance to women, men, and children who are survivors of labor and/or sex trafficking. They educate our community on how to address human trafficking in our area and provide free training and technical assistance to first-line responders, including law enforcement, government agencies, other social service providers, community and faith-based organizations to ensure survivors have access to the help and services they need. They also have an office in Sullivan County.

Fearless has a 24-hour hotline based out of Newburgh that can be reached at (845) 562-5340. This number can also be called for domestic abuse victims. Their website can be visited at https://fearlesshv.org/

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