#minorsextrafficking | Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims January As Human Trafficking Awareness Month During Maryland Child Trafficking Virtual Conference

ANNAPOLIS, MD –  Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation recognizing the month of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Maryland, during the first day of the Maryland Child Trafficking Virtual Conference. The 2021 conference hosted by the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services, Maryland Department of Human Services, University of Maryland School of Social Work Institute for Innovation and Implementation, and Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, will bring together more than 500 professionals over two days to share best practices for advancing anti-human trafficking efforts, addressing factors that lead to human trafficking, and developing new strategies for addressing needs of child trafficking victims and survivors in Maryland. In a recorded welcome, Governor Hogan thanked those who work on the front lines of this issue and highlighted his administration’s commitment to end human trafficking.

Governor Hogan has prioritized addressing the issue of human trafficking and its impacts in Maryland. The Hogan administration, through the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services, has allocated $58 million since 2015 to support evidence-based and comprehensive anti-human trafficking efforts across Maryland.

“This commitment has already helped over 3,000 victims of human trafficking, including victims of child sex trafficking. In 2019, I signed key legislation that made felony human trafficking a crime of violence, and labor trafficking a criminal offense,” said Governor Hogan. “It takes resources, dedication, and compassion from each of us to put an end to this horrific crime and to support victims and their families.”

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