At Risk Youth
As a member of the McHenry County Board I will work to:
Strengthen county policies and programming consistent with established anti-trafficking best practices.
Conduct a review of county policy and programs to combat human trafficking.
Create services for victims.
Encourage cooperation and coordination among all agencies to include participation of survivors.
Find methods to raise awareness about human trafficking in McHenry County to include labor trafficking.
Establish processes and funds for victim restitution.
Expand grant writing efforts to support programs to address all forms of trafficking.
Cynthia and I have been parents to many foster children over the years. We adopted two of them. Each brought special challenges. One of them, Dan, still lives with us at forty years of age. These experiences have not only made us aware of the needs of at-risk youth, but also has motivated us to do something about it.
Human trafficking is a problem right here in McHenry County. A recent sting operation by McHenry County States Attorney’s office demonstrated that human trafficking is a serious problem in our community. I pledge to do everything within my power to end this scourge upon our children.
From factories and brothels to farms and mines, millions of men, women, and children in the United States and around the world are exploited for their bodies and their labor. Whether through violence, deceit, or the promises of a better life, some of the most vulnerable populations among us -- including migrants and refugees fleeing conflict or disaster, homeless LGBT youth, Alaska Native and American Indian women and girls, and children in poverty -- are preyed upon by human traffickers. In order to rid the world of modern slavery we must do everything in our power to combat these violations of human decency. Barack Obama
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