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11 May 2015

Pasadena Now (USA)

USA: California state legislature to vote on bill extending statute of limitations for victims of human rights abuse

"Assemblymember Holden's Bill to Ensure Victims of Human Rights Abuses Get Their Day in Court", 5 May 2015

Assemblymember Chris Holden has introduced legislation to extend the statute of limitations [to ten years] for the victims of human rights abuses. AB 15 was approved…in the Assembly Judiciary Committee…[and] 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 2001, I was trafficked from…Mexico and forced to work 18-hour days sewing dresses in a factory in Los Angeles,” said Florencia Molina…“If AB 15 had been around, I would have been able to get restitution for the abuses I 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,…with International Corporate Accountability Roundtable.