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The Senate Judiciary Committee has 2 bills regarding Human Trafficking they are passing. The United States Senate Judiciary Committee is a standing committee of the U.S. Senate.  They are in charge of making sure the federal criminal laws, among other things, are followed as the law is written.

One bill is to help victims get information and learn how they can get out of sex trafficking.

A second bill is the Safe Harbor bill. This allows police to treat underage children and teens sold for sex as victims rather than defendants.

 

To get more information on the bills, you can read the article at:  (http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/09/opinions/cornyn-klobuchar-trafficking-law/index.html )

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These 16 mock trial teams, out of the 55 teams who competed in the regional tournaments in Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson, have been invited to the Arizona High School State Mock Trial Tournament on March 28th at the Federal Courthouse.  The winner of the state tournament will represent Arizona in Raleigh, NC May 14-17 at the National High School Mock Trial Competition.

 

Arizona School for the Arts – Team XPA – Teacher Bailey Williams, Phoenix

Arizona School for the Arts – Team HIL

BASIS Flagstaff – Team OTA – Teacher Corey Hartman, Flagstaff

BASIS Flagstaff – Team FED

BASIS Peoria – Team ZEK – Teacher Lee Tran, Peoria

BASIS Peoria – Team PEJ

Brophy College Preparatory – Team OLW – Teacher Jessica Mason, Phoenix

Brophy College Preparatory – Team RUK

Gregory School – Team CKS – Teacher Daniel Young, Tucson

Northland Preparatory – Team GFT – Teacher Wesley Baron, Flagstaff

University High School – Team IBV – Teacher Kerry Montano, Tucson

University High School – Team ETL

Westwood High School – Team VAY – Teacher Robert Guyton, Mesa

Xavier College Preparatory – Team MNA – Teacher John Cosden, Phoenix

Xavier College Preparatory – Team ARO

 

Xavier College Preparatory – Team HAU

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Arizona Regional Mock trials will be held this weekend, March 7, 2015 in various state courthouses.  Sixty teams from Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson will compete with the winners competing in the State Mock trials on March 28, 2015.

This year’s case is a murder trial, State of Arizona v. Quinn Penner.  Each team will argue their side before a real judge. The winning teams of each regional tournament with the most convincing presentations, are invited to compete in the State Tournament held in Phoenix in March. The winner of the State Tournament is eligible to compete at the National High School Mock Trial Championship held in May.

 

Check back with us later to see who will be going to the state competition.

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A bar of soap can save a human trafficking victim.  That doesn’t seem possible. Yet it has saved a few young people in Michigan and Ohio.  Theresa Flores started the campaign – S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) and is in Phoenix, AZ to assist in saving human trafficking victims.  To read her story, go to:  http://www.freep.com/story/life/2015/01/24/michigan-human-trafficking/22248107/

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