Emmons co-chairs national human trafficking summit

Sen. Judy Emmons

Sen. Judy Emmons

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons recently served as a co-chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ 2016 Human Trafficking Summit in Washington D.C.

The two-day event included speakers and presentations from national organizations that work to fight human trafficking, in order to bring elected women unique insights into this issue.

One of the tenets of NFWL is to educate elected women on the pressing policy issues of the day. NFWL has a long history of supporting the movement to end human trafficking. The Human Trafficking Summit is part of a new project to bring elected women to issue-specific summits and allow them to share policy solutions with fellow legislators from across the country.

“This summit’s goal was to open the eyes of elected women to the atrocities of human trafficking,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “It exposed the immediacy of this crisis in America: hiding in plain sight in the pews at church, in the grocery stores and even in our own neighborhoods.”

Emmons is in her second term in the Michigan Senate, where she serves on the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee; the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee; as vice-chair of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee; and as chair of the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee. She also serves as the chair of the statewide Senate GOP Women Matter training and education program. Emmons is the Senate point-person on the issue of human trafficking. In this role, she has helped pass bipartisan legislation to protect against trafficking and hosted a series of educational forums on human trafficking throughout the state.

For her work, Emmons has repeatedly been honored as a leader in the fight against human trafficking, recently with the Michigan Liberator of the Year Award and the Michigan Council of Professional Investigators’ Pinnacle Award.

Through annual educational and networking events, the National Foundation for Women Legislators supports elected women from all levels of governance. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFWL does not take ideological positions on public policy issues, but rather serves as a forum for women legislators to be empowered through information and experience. For more information, visit www.womenlegislators.org.