About the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission

  • The issue of human trafficking has been important to Attorney General Schuette since taking office. At the national level, he immediately took a leadership role with the National Association of Attorneys General's Pillars of Hope initiative, and continues to work the issue nationally. He also formed the first Human Trafficking prosecution unit within the Department of Attorney General (DAG).  During this time, it became apparent that human trafficking laws in Michigan needed revision and expansion. In 2013, the Attorney General collaborated with the Legislature to form the first Michigan Human Trafficking Commission. For six months, this Commission and its subcommittees, including many DAG staff members, worked to develop appropriate policy recommendations, resulting in a comprehensive legislative package that was passed in 2014, and took effect in early 2015.

    Standing Human Trafficking Commission

    PA 325 of 2014 created a standing Human Trafficking Commission within the Department of Attorney General (DAG). Commission members are appointed by the Governor to represent various groups and public officials. This Commission will build upon the work completed by the DAG Human Trafficking Commission in 2013. The mission of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission as set forth in statute includes:

    1.  Identifying sources for grants that will assist in examining and countering human trafficking in this state, and applying for those grants when appropriate.
    2. Funding research programs to determine the extent and nature of human trafficking in Michigan.
    3. Providing information and training regarding human trafficking to:
      • Police officers
      • Prosecutors
      • Court personnel
      • Health care providers
      • Social services personnel
      • Other individuals the commission considers appropriate
    4. Collecting and analyzing information regarding human trafficking in Michigan.
    5. Identifying state and local agencies within Michigan and other states, as well as within the federal government, that are involved with issues relating to human trafficking, and coordinating the dissemination of information regarding human trafficking in Michigan to those agencies.
    6. Reviewing existing services available to assist human trafficking victims, including crime victim assistance, health care, and legal assistance, and establishing a program to make those victims better aware of the services available to them.
    7. Establishing a program to improve public awareness of human trafficking.
    8. Reviewing existing state laws and administrative rules relating to human trafficking and making recommendations to the legislature to improve those laws and rules to address human trafficking violations in Michigan.
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