SOCIAL SERVICES PROVIDERS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE HUMAN TRAFFICKING SURVEY

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January 27, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Social services agencies and organizations that provide assistance to victims of human trafficking can help the State develop its response to the issue by completing a survey now accessible on the Attorney General’s website, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said today.

McDaniel encouraged all social service providers to visit www.ArkansasAG.gov to respond to the survey. The data collected will be used by the Attorney General’s State Task Force for the Prevention of Human Trafficking in its effort to establish a statewide plan for eliminating the crime.

A similar survey is also being provided to state law enforcement officials. The deadline to complete the social services survey is Feb. 12.

“Victims’ rights advocates, social workers and many others in social services agencies work on the front lines of the fight against human trafficking,” McDaniel said. “Learning about their experiences will help us to craft a response to this problem that takes into account the concerns and advice of those who are most familiar with the issues.”

McDaniel established the task force in November. The task force is comprised of law enforcement officials, state agency representatives, community leaders and victims’ rights advocates from across the state.

The task force is responsible for creating a state plan to prevent human trafficking, improving information sharing among governmental and nongovernmental organizations that deal with the issue, raising public awareness of the issue and creating a training curriculum for law enforcement officials.

The General Assembly last year approved the Human Trafficking Act of 2013, which called for the establishment of the task force.

For more information about the task force, visit www.ArkansasAG.gov

To complete the survey, go to svy.mk/1jBhmyE.

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