The Family Heritage Alliance’s Human Rights Division held its first meeting of South Dakota’s West River Human Trafficking Task Force at the FHA offices on Tuesday, January 7. The formation of this Task Force is a testament to the FHA’s ongoing commitment to doing all that we can to abolish human trafficking in South Dakota.
This Task Force is made up of law enforcement members at the federal, state, and local levels; direct service providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders. Each of these individuals, and the organizations or agencies they represent, are committed to working together to combat human trafficking in Western South Dakota.
The FHA is looking forward to working with each member of this Task Force to raise awareness, educate the public on the risks and on recognizing the signs, and promoting the rescue of trafficking victims. We will work to strengthen state laws regarding human trafficking, and promote prosecution of traffickers, and those who purchase the services of trafficking victims. We will build a collaborative network designed to protect and serve the victims of human trafficking, and meet the challenges that human trafficking presents in our state.
We at the FHA are honored and humbled to be working with so many outstanding individuals, and we are encouraged by how receptive each of these members has been to working with us on this issue. Together, we will be able to make great strides in preventing and stopping human trafficking in Western South Dakota. We will see more traffickers meet justice, and survivors of trafficking will be able to find freedom and get help on their road to healthier, happier lives.
This is just the beginning, and we expect to see great things happen through this Task Force.
If you would like to be a part of this effort by helping to fund the Human Trafficking Task Force, please make your tax deductible donation to the Family Heritage Alliance, and mark it “Task Force”.
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By Tess Franzen
FHA Human Rights Division Director