Gregoire Attends National Human Trafficking Summit
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(Alexandria, VA) – Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) was selected to attend the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) in Washington D.C. June 16-17 for their 2016 Human Trafficking Summit.
In addition to the Summit Co-Chairs, Michigan Senator Judy Emmons and Montana Representative Kimberly Dudik, Representative Gregoire was joined by elected women from across the US and numerous representatives from nonprofit and advocacy groups, for the day and a half long discussion on the critical issue of child sex trafficking.
Rep. Gregoire was specifically selected due to her passion to take action in the fight against human trafficking in her community. “It is our responsibility as elected officials to provide a safe environment for our children to grow and thrive,” said Representative Gregoire. “I was honored to be invited to participate in this year’s summit and look forward to using the information I learned to ensure we reduce and eliminate human trafficking within our communities. This crime is happening in ALL of our communities and it is up to leaders to gather information in order to promulgate regulations and policies that will both prevent this act and aid victims in recovery.”
Keynote and special guest speakers were Tina Frundt, a nationally recognized advocate on this issue, the Founder and Executive Director of Courtney’s House, and a member of the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking; United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, a leader in Congress in working to combat human and sex trafficking; and former Congresswoman Linda Smith, the Founder and President of Shared Hope International, an anti-trafficking organization focused on combating child sex trafficking through comprehensive, victim-centered approaches.
Attendees were honored by special video messages sent in by two other renowned advocates on this issue, Cindy McCain and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Shared Hope International, Google, Rescuing Hope, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Stop Child Predators, Demand Abolition, and End Child Slavery at the Source (ECPAT-USA) provided essential information for legislators to utilize in their ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking.