Gov. Edwards announces new human trafficking awareness campaign

Gov. Edwards holds news conference on Office of Human Trafficking
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 4:51 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2022 at 3:00 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was joined by First Lady Donna Edwards and Dr. Dana Hunter on Tuesday, Jan. 25, to officially announce the state’s first Human Trafficking Prevention Resource Center and advocacy campaign.

“Eradicating human trafficking, preventing any more suffering, and helping survivors regain control of their lives is something that Donna and I are committed to achieving,” said Gov. Edwards. “Thanks to Donna using her platform as well as the state legislators, I am proud to say that our efforts here in Louisiana are making a difference and we’re gaining national and international attention about the need to educate people about this heinous crime. I’m grateful to Dr. Dana Hunter for leading our new Office of Human Trafficking Prevention. She has demonstrated a strong commitment and expertise in programs and practices to help those who are vulnerable. Under her leadership, Louisiana has secured nearly 2.7 million federal dollars to improve outcomes for child and youth victims of human trafficking. And with this new website, I’m confident our efforts will continue to connect resources with those who need them and help us fight this scourge on our society.”

Victims, survivors, service providers, stakeholders, and citizens will be able to learn about human trafficking, how to identify when someone needs help, how to report this heinous crime, and about more specific services for victims.

The campaign, Stop Trafficking LA: Human Trafficking is R.E.A.L. The R.E.A.L stands for Recognizing the signs, Educating others, Acting immediately, and Listening to victims and survivors.

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