LANSING—Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, along with Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor; and Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, today invited Michigan residents to a Human Trafficking Legislative Day at the Capitol on Thursday, May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The focus of the legislative day is to explain the ins and outs of the legislative process, which will be useful information for activists and coalition groups wanting to influence and participate in the laws being drafted concerning human trafficking and other matters. The panel will include former legislators, consultants and various human trafficking prevention experts who will discuss the legislative process.
“The Michigan Senate women are coming together to raise awareness of human trafficking and its life-altering effect on thousands of women and children,” Emmons said. “Human Trafficking is the world’s second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry — and Michigan is on the front line. Estimates are that up to 150 girls under the age of 18 are sold into sex trafficking in Michigan every month. To learn more about this reprehensible crime and how you can help end it, I invite all concerned residents to participate in this free educational event.”
The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a reception at the Capitol to meet the senators, followed by a panel discussion on the legislative process at 10:30 a.m. in the Senate Hearing Room and finishes in the hearing room with a 1 p.m. viewing of Very Young Girls, a documentary on human trafficking.
The Senate Hearing Room is located on the ground floor of the Boji Tower at 124 W. Allegan in downtown Lansing.
“We are joining in a bipartisan effort to protect Michigan women and children from exploitation,” Emmons said. “Space is limited for this free event, so I encourage those planning to attend the legislative day to RSVP to reserve a seat.”
Residents may contact Emmons’ office to RVSP or to get more details by calling toll-free at 1-866-305-2133 or by sending an email to SenJEmmons@senate.michigan.gov.
Editor’s Note: For your information, the following is a schedule of the day’s events:
9:30 a.m. — Participants meet the legislators in the Capitol and view Senate session.
10:30 a.m. — Continental breakfast and panel discussion in the Boji Tower Senate Hearing Room about the legislative process and how people can be effectively participate in the process as new laws and policies are developed concerning human trafficking.
Noon — Break for lunch.
1 to 2:30 p.m. — Special viewing in the Boji Tower Senate Hearing Room of Very Young Girls, a poignant documentary that shows the ugly realities of domestic human trafficking.