I was the Assembly lead author of Assembly Bill 16, which was signed into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 5 by Governor Scott Walker on April 8, 2015.
I was recently joined by a bipartisan group of my colleagues in the legislature and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel in announcing the beginning of a statewide human trafficking awareness campaign.
We were also joined by representatives from numerous groups that have already stepped up to serve as partners. These partners include:
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin
National Association of Social Workers- Wisconsin Chapter
Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association
Petroleum Marketers Association
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
Ministry Health Care
Columbia St. Mary’s Inc
United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS Inc.
Wisconsin Catholic Conference
The Women’s Fund of the Stateline Community Foundation
Zonta Club of Beloit
Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Authorities
Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association
Without our partners, the poster would be just a digital file available for download on the DOJ website. BUT, WITH our partners, and the new partners we anticipate will join us in the future, the poster is the basis of a statewide public awareness campaign that ensures that victims and concerned citizens have the right information, at the right time, in the right place. This is just the beginning, as these partnerships grow, so will the impact and reach of the campaign across our state.
The overarching goals of this campaign are to raise public awareness, encourage tips, and – most importantly – reach victims and connect them to resources and safety. We invite others to join us and help us achieve these goals.
Growing our partnership network is extremely important for the success of this campaign and to putting an end to human trafficking in Wisconsin. For more information on efforts to combat human trafficking or to print a copy of Wisconsin’s anti-human trafficking poster, please visit DOJ’s human trafficking website – www.befreewisconsin.com. If you would like additional information on partnering opportunities, please contact my office at (888) 529-0031.