Human-rights advocates are applauding the passage and benefits of Virginia's first standalone sex trafficking law, which goes into effect this July. They say the new law is long overdue and puts the Commonwealth in step with other states that have passed similar measures. But they also say this should simply start the effort to pass laws that deter sex trafficking-which is the second fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the U.S.
Music festivals, art shows and cooking competitions are commonplace in this country, but a Charlottesville man may have the ticket to something bigger – a week-long event that celebrates all of those things and the quality that connects them.
Governor McAuliffe will soon have to decide whether to veto a bill that limits police use of drones without search warrants or accept the fact that the Senate decided to reject his amendments. That’s just one of the bills that the General Assembly debated today during its annual Reconvened Session.
It’s been eight years since a lone gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech, then took his own life. In that time, colleges and universities have made many changes designed to prevent future tragedies, but real and growing problems remain.
Media coverage of mass shootings in this country could help to head off future attacks by making people more likely to report evolving problems. Allen Groves is Dean of Students at the University of Virginia.