COLUMBUS- State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D- Toledo) was honored today at the 10th Annual Justice League of Ohio, Models of Justice event with the “Model of Justice” award.

Founder and Executive Director of the Justice League of Ohio Cathy Harper Lee remarked, “We have selected Representative Fedor due to her outstanding dedication and accomplishments in sponsoring legislation that enhances protection for victims of crime.” 

Founded in 2003, The Justice League is the only crime victims’ rights legal clinic in the state of Ohio, and one of the first in the nation. The Justice League has helped more than 850 Ohio citizens victimized by crime obtain equal access to justice. The mission of the Justice League is to protect and preserve the rights of crime victims throughout the criminal justice process. 

Representative Fedor has worked diligently to raise awareness and pass landmark human trafficking laws.  Her sponsorship of the “Safe Harbor” bill (HB 262) last session, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, not only created a safe haven for victims of human trafficking, but also increased the penalties for offenders that profited from this industry. 

“It is vitally important that organizations like the Justice League of Ohio exist to improve the lives of victims affected by human trafficking,” said Rep. Fedor. “I am so pleased to receive such an honor from the Justice League of Ohio, and delighted to take part in celebrating its 10th anniversary.” 

As a champion and voice for victims of human trafficking across the state of Ohio, Rep. Fedor has introduced House Bill 130 this year to address further trafficking issues. Sub H.B. 130, also known as the “End Demand Act”, was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives last month and contains several provisions that include harsher penalties for the solicitation of minors.

 

 

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