January 22, 2016: Community Human Trafficking Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Human labor and sex trafficking are emerging as a major problem around the world, the United States of America and communities across Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has recognized Human Trafficking as a serious threat to the safety and wellbeing of its citizens, particularly the young; and,

WHEREAS, organizations are being formed around the state to address the issues of prevention, supportive services and rehabilitation of such survivors; and,

WHEREAS, it is now well recognized that this community problem requires a multidimensional community wide solution that includes health care providers, social workers, child advocacy groups, law enforcement, faith based organizations, legislators and the judiciary system; and,

WHEREAS, many professionals are not being appropriately trained in the detection and response to victims and survivors of human trafficking;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 22, 2016 as Community Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Michigan.