This morning Maryland became the 11th state in the U.S. to pass Alicia’s Law, the National Association to Protect Children’s 50 state initiative, in partnership with The National Sheriff’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and The Alicia Project!
Maryland sends the bill to the Governor’s desk this week with $2 million allocated for local law enforcement grants to combat child exploitation and to fund local Maryland Child Advocacy Centers. Special thanks to Chairman Zirkin of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, who wasn’t going to allow this bill to die under his watch.
Maryland's freshman Delegate and Alicia’s Law House sponsor Brooke Lierman proved to be not just adept and persuasive as she tackled the many obstacles on this important child saving bill, but definitely a rising star and one to watch. Huge thanks also to Senator Susan Lee, who launched this lifesaving campaign in the Maryland legislature.
Our victory in Maryland will result in additional law enforcement investigators and forensic analysts being hired to combat child sexual exploitation. That will guarantee more arrests of criminals who traffic in the innocence of children, and the child rescue count will continue to climb!