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TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 1. GENERAL [8000 - 8899.72]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

CHAPTER 7. California Emergency Services Act [8550 - 8669.7]

  ( Chapter 7 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454. )

ARTICLE 5.9. Human Trafficking Victims Assistance [8590.6 - 8590.7]
  ( Article 5.9 added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 25, Sec. 7. )

8590.6.
  

For the purposes of this article:

(a) “Comprehensive services” means primary services that include all of the following:

(1) Shelter or established referral services for shelter on a 24 hours a day, seven days a week, basis.

(2) A 24 hours a day, seven days a week, telephone hotline for crisis calls.

(3) Temporary housing and food facilities.

(4) Psychological support and peer counseling provided in accordance with Section 1038.2 of the Evidence Code.

(5) Referrals to existing services in the community.

(6) Emergency transportation, as feasible.

(b) “Director” means the Director of the Office of Emergency Services.

(c) “Fund” means the Human Trafficking Victims Assistance Fund.

(d) “Human trafficking caseworker” means a human trafficking caseworker as defined in Section 1038.2 of the Evidence Code, or a human trafficking caseworker who is employed by a homeless services provider that serves homeless children or youth and has completed a minimum of eight hours of training focused on victims of human trafficking from the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center.

(e) “Office” means the Office of Emergency Services.

(f) “Qualified nonprofit organization” means a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that does both of the following:

(1) Employs a minimum of one individual who is a human trafficking caseworker.

(2) Provides services to victims of human trafficking, including, but not limited to, housing assistance, counseling services, and social services to victims of human trafficking.

(g) “Victim of human trafficking” means any person who is a trafficking victim as described in Section 236.1 of the Penal Code and satisfies either of the following conditions:

(1) Was trafficked in the state.

(2) Fled his or her trafficker to the state.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 344, Sec. 2. (SB 835) Effective September 13, 2016.)

8590.7.
  

(a) There is hereby created in the State Treasury the Human Trafficking Victims Assistance Fund. Moneys in the fund, including any interest earned, shall only be expended to support programs for victims of human trafficking pursuant to the requirements of this article and for reimbursement of costs incurred by the office in connection with its duties under this section. Of the amounts appropriated to the fund, no more than 5 percent shall be applied for reimbursement of costs incurred by the office in connection with its duties.

(b) The office shall do all of the following:

(1) Be responsible for overseeing the grant program.

(2) Award grants based on the following:

(A) The capability of the qualified nonprofit organization to provide comprehensive services.

(B) The stated goals and objectives of the qualified nonprofit organization.

(C) The number of people to be served and the needs of the community.

(D) Evidence of community support.

(E) Other criteria the office deems appropriate that is consistent with the requirements of this paragraph.

(3) Publish deadlines and written procedures for qualified nonprofit organizations to apply for the grants.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 561, Sec. 71. (AB 1516) Effective January 1, 2018.)

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