Lincoln, NE (January 11, 2021) Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” during a press conference at the state Capitol Monday. The Governor also gave an update on the State’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nebraska Attorney General (AG) Doug Peterson joined the Governor to discuss the State’s efforts to prevent human trafficking. Additionally, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Incident Commander Angie Ling overviewed the progress of coronavirus vaccination in Nebraska.
Gov. Ricketts: Human Trafficking Awareness
o It provided additional recourse to trafficking victims, allowing them to seek civil remedy against their perpetrators.
o LB 289 increased penalties for human-trafficking related crimes.
o LB 1132 strengthened reporting requirements for victims of sexual assault.
o Among other things, the bill eliminated the statute of limitations for sex trafficking of a minor and created the new criminal offense of sexual abuse of a detainee in the first and second degree.
AG Peterson: Human Trafficking
Angie Ling: Coronavirus Vaccination
o The information includes name, date of birth, email address, phone number, occupation, and some health questions.
o This information is strictly confidential and will only be used to determine phase eligibility and to administer the vaccine.
o If placed on the wait list, once their phase is open, registrants will be notified that they can schedule an appointment either through the Vaccine System or with any local providers offering the vaccine.
o The system includes a vaccine finder to help identify providers who have the vaccine available.
o Through community vaccine clinics with the local health departments
o Through select healthcare systems
o Through select pharmacies
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