Gov. Ricketts, First Lady Shore Highlight Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Nebraska
Today, Gov. Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore were joined by Attorney General Doug Peterson, state senators, members of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force (NHTTF), and nonprofit organizations to recognize Jan. 11 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. After signing a proclamation, Gov. Ricketts highlighted the multidisciplinary response developed and carried out by NHTTF, of which The Salvation Army is a member, across the state.
“In Nebraska, the fight to end human trafficking has been an ongoing collaboration among local and state government, state agencies like the Attorney General’s Office and State Patrol, as well as local law enforcement, community partners, survivor leaders, and the nonprofit community,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Thanks to this team effort, we continue to raise awareness and make progress towards ending the great evil of human trafficking.”
The strengthening of laws by the Legislature, training across the state by the Attorney General’s Office, as well as proactive operations and investigations by NHTTF, have integrated the building of an effective approach in combatting human trafficking.
“Citizens can help stop trafficking by being eyes and ears for the vulnerable in our communities,” said Attorney General Peterson. “They can be ready to aid others by recognizing the signs of trafficking and reporting it.”
To prevent trafficking from happening in Nebraska, Governor Ricketts and Attorney General Peterson encourage Nebraskans to learn the signs of trafficking and to report concerns of trafficking to the Human Trafficking Hotline, 1-888-373-7888.
Support The Salvation Army's SAFE-T program during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and together we can stop trafficking in our community.