Senator Grove Announces Critical Legislation to Go After Criminals Convicted of Human Trafficking Offenses

**Media Advisory**

Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) has partnered with Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer to announce critical legislation to protect victims of sex and human trafficking crimes. Currently, human trafficking is not defined as a serious or violent felony under California law. Senate Bill 1042 would add human trafficking to those lists, which would make the crime a strike under the Three Strikes law. Click here to read the letters of support for SB 1042, including from Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley. 

In conjunction, Fresno County District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp will also hold a press conference tomorrow at 2PM to discuss Senator Grove’s legislation, SB 1042. You can watch the press conference here.  


  • Senator Shannon Grove
  • Odessa Perkins, Survivor of Human Trafficking
  • District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, Kern County
  • District Attorney Keith Fagundes, Kings County
  • Sheriff Donny Youngblood, Kern County
  • Chief Greg Terry, Bakersfield Police Department
  • Chief Edwin Brock, Arvin Police Department
  • Chief Jon Walker, California City Police Department
  • Chief Tyson Davis, Delano Police Department
  • Chief Kenny Williams, McFarland Police Department
  • Chief Jed McLaughlin, Ridgecrest Police Department
  • Chief Kevin Zimmerman, Shafter Police Department
  • Chief Gary Crowell, Stallion Springs Police Department
  • Chief (Retired) Ed Whiting, Taft Police Department
  • Chief Kent Kroeger, Tehachapi Police Department
  • Captain Vince Pagano, California Highway Patrol

WHAT: To announce important legislation targeting criminals convicted of human trafficking.

WHEN:  Friday, March 4, 2022 at 2:00 PM

WHERE:  Bakersfield Police Department 

1601 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301 


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