DELAWARE SUPPORTS “HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH”
DURING JANUARY 2017
Educational Events and Printed Materials to Promote Public Awareness
Dover, Del. (1/3/17) Joined by members of the Delaware General Assembly and other concerned organizations and individuals, Governor Jack Markell will sign a proclamation on January 10, 2017 declaring the month of January “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” in Delaware. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Legislative Hall, Dover. Delaware’s Human Trafficking Coordinating Council has launched a public awareness campaign to help Delawareans recognize the signs of human trafficking, a criminal activity which has existed in our country for decades.
Human trafficking, in the United States and around the world, is the commercial exploitation of children, women, and men by sexual abuse, forced labor, and/or domestic servitude. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Delaware. It has been called our nation’s “least recognized epidemic.”*
The public awareness campaign will include educational events (see attached list) as well as on-air interviews and public service messages. In addition, the Council has developed resource materials, which will be available at the proclamation signing and at events planned throughout January.
About the Human Trafficking Coordinating Council: The General Assembly created a permanent Human Trafficking Coordinating Council when Senate Bill 197 was signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on June 30, 2014.** The Delaware Department of Transportation is committed to this effort, beyond its mandate to display public awareness signs.