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For Immediate Release: October 31, 2011

Attorneys General Request Federal Funding for Human Trafficking Programs

Washington, DC---The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter late Friday signed by 44 state and territorial Attorneys General to U.S. House and Senate Appropriations leadership urging them to fund a series of authorized programs to fight the growing problem of human trafficking and slavery.

The letter describes support for the four provisions in S. 1572 and H.R. 2596, which provide funding and report language related to human trafficking programs. As Congress conferences the fiscal year 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, NAAG asked congressional leaders to include specific funding levels for the Office of Justice Programs/State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, Legal Activities/Civil Rights Division, Legal Activities/United States Attorney, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“These proposed funding increases will be of great assistance to state and local law enforcement as they seek to investigate and prosecute traffickers and provide services to victims,” said NAAG President and Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna. Human trafficking is the focus of Attorney General McKenna’s 2011-2012 NAAG presidential initiative.

The NAAG letter states, “The fact that the enslavement and trade in human beings exists in our modern world as a disturbingly large, highly profitable illicit industry is unacceptable. Slavery damages our communities, taints the products and services we consume and the profits we earn, and is one of the most pressing human rights challenges of our time.”

A copy of the NAAG letter with requested funding levels can be found here: http://www.naag.org/sign-on_archive.php.

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