Too often, the conversation around ending modern day slavery is limited to actions the Federal government can – and should – be taking. However, new leaders are emerging in State and local governments to bring an end to the widespread criminal abuse of human rights affecting communities across the country.
We saw this first hand as CPAC’s Center for Combating Human Trafficking joined Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin as each held a Summit to bring law enforcement, advocates, and policy leaders together. Criminal traffickers have infiltrated local communities, both urban and rural, which puts the burden on these community’s leaders to identify victims as quickly as possible. Thankfully, red-state Attorney Generals know the importance of meeting this challenge and have taken the steps to collaborate with CPAC and our law enforcement partners to identify innovative ways to best serve victims while we hold their traffickers accountable. As progressive states like California struggle to classify trafficking a ‘serious felony,’ conservative Governors and Attorney Generals are leading the way in bringing an end to the scourge of trafficking in the United States.