This page features information and materials on CIPC legislative priorities for 2013.
AB 4 - TRUST Act
The TRUST Act addresses the harmful impact of California's participation in the federal government's controversial "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) deportation program, which has led to the deportation of 90,000 individuals in California. The bill provides essential safeguards to address serious concerns raised by the program's detrimental effects on public safety, community policing and civil liberties.
Specifically, AB 4 sets a clear statewide standard for local governments not to submit to ICE's request to detain an individual unless the individual has a serious or violent felony conviction. AB 4 sets a floor, not ceiling, standard, so that local policies can be more expansive than the bill.
AB 4 is authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and sponsored by CIPC, Asian Law Caucus, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, ACLU of CA, and MALDEF.
AB 4 Fact Sheet
AB 4 Sample Letter of Support - Even if your organization submitted a letter for prior versions of the TRUST Act, please submit a support letter for this new version.
Individual supporters: please visit this website to submit your personal support!
Next Hearing: Assembly Public Safety Committee on April 9 at 9 am (Room 126)
If you are interested in attending an April 4 Advocacy Day in Sacramento and/or the Public Safety Committe on April 9, please contact Kristine Chong at firstname.lastname@example.org
AB 1195 - ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS FOR CRIME VICTIMS
There have been reports that in some areas, local law enforcement is refusing to let survivors of crime access their crime report due to immigration status. Crime victims are being denied access to their records on the grounds that a Matricular Consular card or foreign passport are not appropriate forms of identification. A crime report could allow a victim to obtain restraining orders and apply for essential services, as well as permit certain immigrants to apply for a U or T visa.
AB 1195 will remedy this problem by prohibiting state or local law enforcement agency from denying a victim of crime their crime report due to their immigration status. AB 1195 would authorize law enforcement to accept various forms of identification, such as Matricula Consular cards and foreign passports, for survivors to access their crime reports.
AB 1195 is authored by Assemblymember Susan Eggman and sponsored by CIPC and El Concilio.
AB 1195 Fact Sheet
AB 1195 Sample Letter of Support
Next Hearing: Assembly Judiciary Committee on April 2 at 8 am (Room 4202)
If you have stories of survivors of crime being denied their records, please contact Kristine Chong at email@example.com