January 2017: Human Trafficking Awareness Month
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 problem requires a multidimensional state 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 2017 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Michigan.