The Human Trafficking Task Force held a meeting on May 22 to present reports of their findings and recommendations, which State Senator Karen McConnaughay, co-chair of the task force, says outlines a more effective and comprehensive approach to tackling the human trafficking problem in Illinois.
In an effort to focus on specific areas of study, the Task Force was broken up into three sub-committees: Education & Awareness, Law Enforcement, and Programs & Services. At the May 22 meeting, each of those subcommittees presented individual reports to the full task force. The Paul Simon Policy Institute will compile the subcommittee reports into one final report, which is to be filed and submitted to the Governor and General Assembly no later than June 30—as stated under Senate Bill 986/Public Act 100-0018.
“As a long-time advocate for raising awareness about this heartbreaking and growing epidemic, it was an extreme honor to serve with several of my colleagues on the Human Trafficking Task Force,” said Sen. McConnaughay. “However, our job isn’t done. Now that we’ve put together our recommendations, we need the support of the General Assembly and the Governor to pass legislation that will truly impact and help victims of this heinous crime.”
The subcommittee reports can be found here.