Assemblymember Holden’s Bill to Ensure Victims of Human Rights Abuses Get Their Day in Court

first_img More Cool Stuff Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * As we remember the horrors of the of the Armenian Genocide some 100 years ago and the Nazi Holocaust during World War II, Assemblymember Chris Holden has introduced legislation to extend the statute of limitations for the victims of human rights abuses.AB 15 was approved today with unanimous, bi-partisan support in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The vote was 10 to 0. The bill now goes to the Assembly floor for consideration.AB 15 will bring California law into line with federal regulations for filing civil lawsuits based on acts of genocide, torture, war crimes and human trafficking. In California, these human rights abuses are brought as assault, battery or wrongful death claims and carry a two-year statute of limitations. AB 15 extends the statute of limitations to ten years aligning the time limit for filing a human rights claim in California with current federal law.“This reform is long overdue. Victims often suffer mental and physical problems that prevent them from filing quickly,” pointed out Assemblymember Holden. “Because of that, many of these crimes are never prosecuted and the abuse continues. This bill would help the victims and their families find some measure of justice in the face of these horrific crimes.”“In 2001, I was trafficked from my village in Mexico and forced to work 18-hour days sewing dresses in a factory in Los Angeles,” said Florencia Molina, one of the witnesses testifying in support of AB 15. “Once I was able to escape, I wanted to bring a claim against my trafficker. But no one knew much about trafficking back then, and I was not sure what I could do. If AB 15 had been around, I would have been able to get restitution for the abuses I suffered and the wages that were stolen from me. I want other survivors to know that justice is never too late”This bill would also revive eligible claims finally allowing victims of the Holocaust, Armenian Genocide, and other historic incidences of human rights violations to seek a remedy for the abuse they suffered.“Passing this measure would be a critical step towards re-balancing the scales in human rights cases where short filing deadlines currently favor abusers over victims,” said Amanda Werner, Legal and Policy Fellow with International Corporate Accountability Roundtable. “Though the number of cases brought under AB 15 would be small in number, they would be significant in allowing a remedy for survivors, ensuring that perpetrators of the worst human rights abuse cannot find safe harbor within California’s borders.”AB 15 is supported by a number of local, national and international human rights advocates including Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), American Jewish World Service, Amnesty International, Consumer Attorneys of America, EarthRights International, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and Oxfam. 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Business Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Government Assemblymember Holden’s Bill to Ensure Victims of Human Rights Abuses Get Their Day in Court Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | 12:44 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Community News Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img

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