Join the movement - support victims of human trafficking in Virginia

Virginia's General Assembly Members

When it comes to laws protecting victims of human trafficking, Virginia has no criminal record relief laws. When victims get charged for crimes they were forced to commit, those laws stay on their record.

We’re asking Virginia state lawmakers to pass a vacatur bill, so the records related to the crimes committed while under the control of a trafficker are wiped from their record.

Passing vacatur laws will allow survivors to return to a more normal life and not have to relive their trauma every time they apply for something that requires a background check (jobs, housing, credit cards, loans, etc.).

This is urgent. Virginia is behind every state in the country when offering legal support to victims that were charged. In the U.S., 44 states have already passed criminal relief laws. Virginia has not. Out of the 6 states left to pass these laws, Virginia is the only state that does not allow victims to contest their charge.

Petition by
Virginia Coalition Against  Human Trafficking
Washington, District of Columbia

To: Virginia's General Assembly Members
From: [Your Name]

Dear Virginia Legislator,

The signed constituents ask you to pass legislation to support victims of human trafficking in Virginia.

When victims of human trafficking get charged for crimes they were forced to commit, those laws stay on their record, making it harder to get jobs, housing, education, and more.

This is urgent. Virginia is behind every state in the country when offering legal support to victims that were charged. In the U.S., 44 states have already passed criminal record relief laws. Virginia has not. Out of the 6 states left to pass these laws, Virginia is the only state that does not allow victims to contest their charge.

We’re asking you to pass a vacatur bill, so the records related to the crimes committed while under the control of a trafficker are wiped from their record. Passing vacatur laws will allow survivors to return to a more normal life and not have to relive their trauma every time they apply for something that requires a background check.