Governor Ducey And Cindy McCain Call For End To Human Trafficking

News Release

January 17, 2019

Highlight Progress Made, Including Training And Resources Provided To Over 3,000 Arizonans

PHOENIX - Following a tour of the Arizona Phoenix Dream Center, Governor Doug Ducey today joined Cindy McCain to highlight the progress made to end human trafficking, including providing prevention resources and awareness training to over 3,000 Arizonans. The efforts were highlighted recently in the Arizona Human Trafficking Council’s (the Council) 2018 Annual Report.

Arizona Department of Homeland Security Director and Council Co-chair Gil Orrantia, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family Director Maria Cristina Fuentes, Phoenix Dream Center Executive Director Brian Steele and StreetLightUSA CEO Skye Steele joined Governor Ducey and Mrs. McCain also detailed new efforts to combat human trafficking.

“It can’t be overstated—human trafficking is real, it is pervasive and it’s an issue Arizona is taking seriously,” said Governor Ducey. "Thanks to the work of Arizona Human Trafficking Council Co-Chairs Cindy McCain and Gil Orrantia, Arizona’s youth, our tribal nations, and our entire state are more engaged to combat this horrific issue. Working together, we can and must bring human trafficking to an end.”

“Arizona’s reputation as a national leader in the fight to end human trafficking is well-deserved. To-date, the Council has informed and trained over 31,000 people, including first responders, schools nurses, counselors, DCS caseworkers, and probation officers,” said Arizona Human Trafficking Council co-chair Cindy McCain. “I want to thank Governor Ducey, my fellow Council members, and our partners across Arizona for their commitment to supporting victims and bringing an end to this heinous crime.”

Brian Steele, Executive Director of the Phoenix Dream Center, has served on the Arizona Human Trafficking Council since 2015. The Phoenix Dream Center provides volunteer-driven, community-based outreach services focused on prevention and recovery in the areas of human trafficking, addiction and foster care. The non-profit serves over 250 human trafficking victims a year.

“Providing safe and secure housing, support and programming that addresses the trauma endured by human trafficking victims is absolutely critical,” said Director Steele. “Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, but together we can ensure we are doing all we can to protect victims and stop human trafficking.”

This month, Governor Ducey issued an official proclamation declaring January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

View the Arizona Human Trafficking Council’s 2018 Annual Report HERE. 

To report trafficking or get help, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline.