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The Department of Health and Human Services is committed to eradicating human trafficking in Michigan and providing victims of this heinous crime with all of the needed services and support to begin their path to recovery. Our hope is that through collaboration between government and non-government agencies, programs, and services across the state we can give all victims of human trafficking the opportunity to live safe, healthy, and independent lives in our communities.
The Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board was created by Public Act 461 of 2014, signed into law by Governor Snyder as part of a package of 20 bills designed to bolster statewide efforts to combat human trafficking. The Board is established within the Department of Health and Human Services and made up of 9 members appointed by the governor including health and mental health professionals, representatives of the department, human trafficking prevention experts, and survivors of human trafficking. The mission of the Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board, as set forth by statutes, is to:
- Collect and analyze information concerning medical and mental health services available to survivors of human trafficking in this state,
- Identify federal, state, and local agencies that are involved with issues relating to human trafficking, and coordinate the dissemination of information concerning medical and mental health services available to survivors of human trafficking in this state,
- Meet annually with local health agencies to review the existing medical and mental health services available to assist survivors of human trafficking and establish a program to make those survivors better aware of the services available to them,
- Establish a program to improve public awareness of medical and mental health services available to survivors of human trafficking in this state,
- Review existing state laws and administrative rules relating to medical and mental health policies affecting survivors of human trafficking and make recommendations to the legislature and state agencies to improve those laws and rules, and
- File an annual report with the chairs of the committees concerned with health policy of the senate and the house of representatives regarding its activities under this act.