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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January 11, 2014
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US Attorney André Birotte Jr. with FBI Assistant Director Bill Lewis, Community Relations Specialist Gymeka Williams, and participants in the Anti-Human Trafficking Summit

January 2014 has been proclaimed National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by President Obama (see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent). In addition to efforts to investigate and prosecute human trafficking violations, law enforcement has also been proactive with respect to outreach, education and prevention efforts in local communities. To that end, on Saturday, January 11, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and the Los Angeles Field Office of the FBI co-hosted an Anti-Human Trafficking Summit to assist local prevention efforts and help raise awareness about the many facets of human trafficking. The all-day Summit was held at the National Council of Jewish Woman/Los Angeles (NCJWLA) in Los Angeles and featured presenters and participants from federal and local law enforcement, as well as local community stakeholders and victims’ services organizations. Presenters included prosecutors, investigators, subject matter experts, victims’ advocates and victims who were survivors of human trafficking. United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Bill Lewis also participated, along with AUSAs Daniel Ackerman, Lane Dilg, Joe Widman, and Bruce Riordan. Community Relations Specialist Gymeka Williams planned and organized the Summit, along with assistance of volunteers from the Expediente Rojo Project, Inc. (http://www.expedienterojo.org/ [external link]) and the NCJWLA.

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AUSA Lane Dilg presenting at the Anti-Human Trafficking Summit

Topic(s): 
Community Outreach

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