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Roskam to Host Human Trafficking Forum

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Location: Washington, DC

On Thursday, April 24th from 10 AM-12 PM CT, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) will host a Human Trafficking Forum at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. The event will raise awareness of the threat human trafficking poses to our communities, and bring local leaders together to discuss solutions.

The speakers include:

John Blakey -- Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Pilar Dunning -- Salvation Army's STOP-IT Initiative
Lynne Johnson -- Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

"It is a sad truth that the Chicagoland area is no stranger to human trafficking--our position as a major convention city and transportation crossroads has contributed to making our region a "hub' for the commercial sex trade," said Roskam. "By bringing together community leaders, we can shine a light on this scourge in our community, work to give law enforcement the tools they need to bring criminals to justice and protect vulnerable individuals from the dangers of human trafficking."

Congressman Roskam has been on the forefront of combating human trafficking in Congress, cosponsoring legislation that would:

require states to take steps to identify, prevent, and address sex trafficking of youth in foster care;
mandate that the Attorney General develop a National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking;
reinforce treating children as victims, not criminals; and
reform US foreign assistance programs to ensure they are incorporating anti-trafficking efforts.

Recently, Congressman Roskam was selected to be part of the Human Trafficking Task Force led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The task force is made up of House Members to identify substantive legislation that will combat domestic and international trafficking to bring to the House Floor and to raise awareness among other Members of Congress of these heinous crimes.

WHO: John Blakey -- Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Pilar Dunning -- Salvation Army's STOP-IT Initiative

Lynne Johnson -- Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

WHAT: Human Trafficking Forum hosted by Congressman Peter Roskam

WHERE: Benedictine University

5700 College Rd

Lisle, IL 6053

WHEN: 10 AM -- 12 PM CT, Thursday, April 24


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