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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to Human Trafficking Commission

Friday, June 12, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Valerie Bass, of Ypsilanti, and Deborah Monroe, of Madison Heights, to the Human Trafficking Commission.

The fourteen-member commission was established in 2014 by the Legislature and is housed in the Department of the Attorney General. The commission makes recommendations to the Legislature to improve laws addressing human trafficking violations.

“It is unacceptable that a dangerous and appalling practice like human trafficking is a problem across our state and nation,” Snyder said. “I am grateful that Deborah and Valerie have joined this important commission.” 

Bass is a certified peer support specialist with both the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic and the Ypsilanti 14-B District Court. She also served as a peer support specialist with the Home of New Vision women’s group. She represents survivors.  

Monroe is a senior partner, peer specialist, and recovery educator at Recovery Concepts of Michigan. She served as a medical administrative assistant at Family Practice and an office clerk at the law office of Charles Roehl. Monroe is a certified peer support specialist, advance level wrap facilitator, certified recovery coach, and certified medical administrative assistant. She represents survivors. 

Appointees serve two-year terms expiring March 1, 2017. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.