While she was a student at the University of Minnesota, Ami worked with victim/survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence as a volunteer and intern at The Aurora Center. She’s served on the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Medical Forensic Exam Access Project team and on their Public Policy Committee, and completed an internship with MNCASA, where she worked to develop a toolkit to help Sexual Assault Response Teams get off the ground.
Ami is passionate about making systems work better for victim/survivors of violence. This past session she authored legislation that expands the definition of authority figure in cases of criminal sexual misconduct with minors. Her bill established a 120 day look-back period for determining if a perpetrator was in a position of authority. This legislation was approved as part of the public safety budget and was signed into law by Governor Walz.
Ami also co-authored related legislation, including bills that would:
- Make it easier for victims to obtain justice in sexual harassment cases by changing the definition of sexual harassment to remove the severe and pervasive standard;
- Repeal the marital rape exception;*
- Create a Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women;*
- Require affirmative consent be taught in schools;
- Create a working group to re-write our Criminal Sexual Conduct statutes;*
- Establish a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention program;* and
- Eliminate the statute of limitations for sex offenses.
*These bills were passed and signed into law during the 2019 legislative session.