DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 21-1057, Extortion of Immigrants Engaging In Lawful Acts.
Right now, it is considered "criminal extortion to threaten to report another person's immigration to law enforcement to induce the threatened person to give the person money or another item of value."
If passed, HB21-1057 would add to the current law by preventing someone from extorting another into performing an act or refrain from performing a lawful act.
According to the Colorado District Attorneys Council, this bill would help immigrants feel safe reporting domestic violence, child abuse, sex trafficking, or other illegal activity.
A victim's #immigration status shouldn't be used as blackmail to keep them from reporting domestic violence, child abuse, sex trafficking, forced labor, wage theft or other illegal activity.— CO District Attorneys' Council (@COprosecutors) February 24, 2021
Today, we take a step towards holding those who do so accountable. #SaferCO #coleg pic.twitter.com/k0LgWabRUA
To read more about HB21-1057, click here.