Arizona Recognizes Human Trafficking Prevention Month

News Release

January 3, 2020

PHOENIX — Throughout January, the Arizona State Capitol Dome will be lit blue in recognition of Human Trafficking Prevention Month. As part of the awareness campaign, Arizona and partnering organizations will provide training to recognize trafficking, support child victims and more.

“Arizona has made tremendous progress in the fight against human trafficking, but more work remains,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “With dedicated leaders like Cindy McCain, Arizona will continue to be a national leader in efforts to provide awareness training and support victims. My sincere thanks goes to Cindy, all members of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council and everyone who is working to combat this scourge. We will never stop fighting to end human trafficking in Arizona.”

Since 2015, the Arizona Human Trafficking Council (the Council) has led targeted statewide human trafficking prevention and awareness efforts and worked to expand victim-centered services and support. Under the leadership of Co-chairs Cindy McCain and Gil Orrantia, Director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Arizona continues to make progress in the fight against human trafficking.

  • Training: The Council has provided training to over 37,000 professionals and community members statewide to help recognize and respond to trafficking, including first responders; school nurses, counselors and administrators; tribal communities; forensic nurses; and juvenile probation officers. 

  • STRENGTH Court: The Council has worked collaboratively with the Maricopa County Juvenile Court to implement the STRENGTH (Strength Through Resilience - Empower New Growth Through Hope) Court, a specialized court which focuses on the needs of child victims of trafficking. 

  • The Collaborative: Through the efforts of the Maricopa County Juvenile Sex Trafficking Collaborative, sex trafficked youth have received immediate health and trauma-informed care.

“I’m pleased that Governor Ducey is again proclaiming January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Arizona and appreciate the symbolic lighting of the State’s Capitol and agency buildings blue to help raise awareness of human trafficking," said Cindy McCain. "I’m proud of the work that the Arizona Human Trafficking Council has done over the past 5 years to prevent human trafficking, improve trauma-informed services to victims in Arizona and prosecute traffickers to the fullest extent. The Council’s targeted efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking, improve the care for victims and offer prevention education to our most vulnerable is working. We have come a long way, and there is much more to do and we are dedicated to continuing the fight.”

Click here to learn more about the Arizona Human Trafficking Council.

To report trafficking or get help, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

Click here to view a PDF of the proclamation.

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WHEREAS, human trafficking is a form of slavery that can affect anyone and particularly victimizes vulnerable populations and negatively impacts our communities; and

WHEREAS, human trafficking occurs when a person is recruited, harbored, transported, or obtained for the purpose of commercial sex, forced labor, involuntary servitude, debt bondage, or slavery through force, fraud, or coercion, or if the victim has not reached the age of eighteen; and

WHEREAS, human trafficking denies freedom to 24.9 million people in the United States and around the world; and

WHEREAS, women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, accounting for 28.7 million, or 71 percent of the overall total; and

WHEREAS, the International Labor Organization estimates that human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide; and that $99 billion is generated from forced sexual exploitation; and

WHEREAS, the National Human Trafficking Hotline reported 231 cases in Arizona during 2018, of which 158 were for sex trafficking; and

WHEREAS, the 2019 Youth Experiences Survey found that more than half of homeless young adult participants experienced at least one form of human trafficking; and

WHEREAS, Arizona policymakers have worked diligently to combat human trafficking through the adoption of laws prohibiting and preventing human trafficking; and

WHEREAS, the Governor's Arizona Human Trafficking Council has made significant strides in the areas of public awareness, victim services, data collection, and training in order to protect Arizona against this crime; and

WHEREAS, Arizona is committed to ensuring it is a zero-tolerance state for any form of human exploitation; and

WHEREAS, Arizona is committed to protecting victims' rights and restoring their freedom and dignity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim January 2020 as

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona

GOVERNOR

DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this second day of January in the year Two Thousand and Twenty and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Fourth

ATTEST:

SECRETARY OF STATE

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