Brewer creates Arizona Human Trafficking Council

human-trafficking-400Governor Jan Brewer has established by Executive Order the Arizona Human Trafficking Council. In April 2013, Governor Brewer created the Task Force on Human Trafficking an invited John McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, to serve on the Task Force which was charged with identifying ways to reduce trafficking in Arizona, assist victims and safeguard those most vulnerable.

Following months of testimony from more than 16 subject  matter experts, members submitted to the governor findings and recommendations for strengthening state human trafficking laws, including increasing protections for victims, fortifying penalties for traffickers and solicitors, and facilitating a better overall statewide response to the crime.

The Arizona Human Trafficking Council will continue to implement best practices; develop a comprehensive and coordinated victims’ service plan; evaluate and report to the governor statewide data on human trafficking; promote greater collaboration with law enforcement, state agencies and the community-at-large; and raise public awareness about victims services, restitution and prevention.

Members of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council include:
Cindy McCain, Philanthropist/Advocate/Business Owner (Co-Chairperson)
Gil Orrantia, Director, Arizona Department of Homeland Security (Co-Chairperson)
Carolyn Jones, Survivor of human trafficking, Streetlight
Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney
Jon Eliason, Division Chief, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
Sheila Hoppe, Contracts Manager, Division of Child Safety and Family Services
Margery Ault, Division Chief of Consumer Rights, Arizona Department of Health Services
Michael Derfus, Captain of Enforcement and Compliance, ADOT
Lt. Colonel Timothy Chung, Criminal Investigations Division, Arizona DPS
Chad Campbell, Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services
Brian Steele, Executive Director, Phoenix Dream Center
Allie Bones, Chief Executive Officer, Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
Sergeant Chris Bray, Phoenix Police Department
Grant Woods, Former Arizona Attorney General
Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, Director, ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research
Sarah Suggs, CEO, O’Connor House
Chuck Fitzgerald, Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Office of Faith and Community
Debbie Johnson, President, Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association

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