Kelly Mangiaracina, King County’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Task Force Coordinator can often be heard saying, “trafficking happens, it happens HERE, and we can do something about it.”
In January of 2018, the Port of Seattle Commission passed a motion directing staff to implement a
Port-wide anti-trafficking strategy, including the development of a trafficking awareness campaign. Shortly thereafter, King County Council passed a similar motion in July, 2018 sponsored by Councilmember Reagan Dunn (I co-sponsored) requesting that the Executive convene a workgroup to implement a Stop Human Trafficking public awareness campaign. In addition, the City of Seattle has invested in a full-time human trafficking investigator in the Seattle Police Department and part-time civilian employee to respond to and investigate complaints of human trafficking. The three jurisdictions and Sound Transit now comprise a formal workgroup and launched a regional, interjurisdictional, Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in January of this year.
As of this month, our partners in the awareness campaign, in addition to Seattle, King County and the Port of Seattle include:
- Alaska Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Snohomish County Lodging Association
- Federal Way
- Des Moines
Each of the respective jurisdictions has heard from community partners about the importance of awareness as a key piece in the fight against human trafficking. It is our intent, together, to lift up the work of our partners by raising awareness, in addition to funding services that address the needs of victims and survivors and prevent the crime of human trafficking.
At the launch of the 2019 awareness campaign at Sea-Tac airport, Executive Constantine committed King County to continuing work around awareness, in addition to funding for services provided through various County levies. I too spoke at the press conference and said that look forward to developing more effective ways to reach victims, survivors, and the general public about this pervasive issue.