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This week at the Capitol: General Assembly postponed until March 17, but some bills progress

The COVID-19 virus that is causing disruptions across the state – and in countries throughout the word – prompted a postponement of General Assembly action at the end of this week as Senate and House leaders announced that legislative activity would take a break until March 17. Bringing people together is in many ways the heart of the legislative process. Citizens from across the state come to...

Gov. Bevin and First Lady host ‘One Mind: Uniting the States for Our Children’ conference in Louisville

Gov. Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin on this week convened top government, business and community leaders from across the United States for a groundbreaking dialogue about human trafficking and other key issues impacting children in America’s foster care system. Participants in Monday’s historic conference — “One Mind: Uniting the States for Our Children” — heard...

Kentucky Derby attendees are urged to report any suspicious indications of human trafficking

Staff report Kentucky Derby attendees are urged to be the alert, not just for their best bet but for human trafficking at the 145th Run for the Roses. Unfortunately, human traffickers target many large-scale sporting events to prey on victims and profit from the crim. 
“By raising awareness with partners, our community will be better prepared to stop traffickers this Derby,” said Attorney General...

Opioid crisis, human trafficking among top legislative session priorities for Attorney General Andy Beshear

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear unveiled his legislative wish list for the 2019 General Assembly on Wednesday. During a Frankfort press conference, Beshear was joined by lawmakers who are sponsoring the bills, which deal with such issues as the opioid crisis, human trafficking and rate hike relief for utility customers. Beshear says his top priority is to gain bipartisan support...

AG Beshear: Every community must join our fight against modern day slavery – human trafficking

Victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless. Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world and sadly, our Kentucky communities are not immune. Beshear In Kentucky, both adults and children are coerced into illegal sex trafficking, domestic servitude...

Mitch McConnell: SESTA legislation an important step toward justice for online sex trafficking victims

Many of us have heard heartbreaking stories of human trafficking and child exploitation. These reprehensible practices continue to plague communities and devastate families throughout our nation, sickening us to the core. Last year, 82 cases of human trafficking were reported to helplines in Kentucky, and more than 400 cases have been reported in our state since 2007, according to the National Human...

The Well of Lexington: On a mission is to heal and empower women victimized by human trafficking

By Lisa A. Satin Special to KyForward The Well of Lexington helps adult women survivors of sexual exploitation, prostitution, and addiction in Fayette County and surrounding areas. We provide safe, supportive housing for two years, free of charge, access to therapy, medical care, education and employment — everything the women need to prepare for their transition back into the community. We opened...

Legends partner with Robbie Ross Mission 108 to benefit survivors of human trafficking, poverty

The Lexington Legends are proud to partner with Robbie and Brittany Ross through their non-profit foundation Mission 108, a Human Rights organization focused on helping survivors of human trafficking and extreme poverty throughout the globe. Robbie Ross Jr., a Lexington native and graduate of Lexington Christian Academy, is a current professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox organization....

University of Louisville conference aims to educate and prevent human trafficking in Kentucky

The University of Louisville Women’s Center and Women4Women Student Board are raising awareness about human trafficking in Kentucky through a February conference aimed at talking about the issue and encouraging action to prevent it. The seventh annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference will be 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Student Activities Center’s multipurpose room. The conference...

Catholic Charities, attorney general’s office receive federal grant to fight human trafficking

Attorney General Andy Beshear and Catholic Charities of Louisville announced that federal grant funds totally $1.5 million will be coming to Kentucky to support new solutions in the fight against human trafficking. Kentucky is one of only five states to receive an enhanced collaborative model grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The award is a first for both the Attorney General’s Office and...

Beshear partners with truckers coalition to train commercial drivers to help prevent human trafficking

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that his office is partnering with the Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) Coalition to find ways to offer more training to Kentucky commercial drivers and truck stop employees in recognizing and reporting human trafficking. A main goal of the coalition, Beshear said, is to offer training to all new drivers seeking a commercial driver’s license. He said...

Mike Denham: Passage of human trafficking bill among the highlights from this week’s session

With the General Assembly off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and on Friday because of the snow, last week was an especially short one for legislators. A reduced schedule didn’t keep the House from moving several bills forward, however. On Wednesday, for example, the chamber’s Judiciary Committee put its support behind House Bill 229, which would give the Attorney General’s office...

State’s human trafficking cases would come under attorney general’s office under proposal

Kentucky’s Attorney General would be given jurisdiction over the state’s human trafficking cases under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. Jurisdiction over these cases now lies with Kentucky’s Commonwealth’s Attorneys and county attorneys. House Bill 229 would expand that jurisdiction to the Attorney General’s Office to beef up investigation and prosecution of such...

World Trade Center survivor tells his story
of 9/11 in Georgetown College presentation

World Trade Center survivor Sujo John will speak Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. in Georgetown College’s John L. Hill Chapel a day prior to the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attack. John will recount the events he witnessed during his narrow escape from death.   Sujo and his wife, Mary, both worked in the World Trade Center at the time. He was on the 81st floor of the North Tower, and Mary,...

Conway, other AGs want Congress to amend law to fight prostitution, child sex trafficking

Kentucky’s attorney general has joined a bi-partisan national coalition of 49 attorneys general calling on Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act to help fight prostitution and child sex trafficking.   In a letter to key members of Congress, the attorneys general advocated that Congress amend the Communications Decency Act to provide criminal jurisdiction to state and local prosecutors....

Bill to help victims of human trafficking in Kentucky passes House, heads to Senate

The House passed legislation by a vote of 95-0 today that would help victims of human trafficking in Kentucky receive treatment and protection from possible criminal prosecution.   House Bill 3, sponsored by House Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly, D-Paris, and Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Burlington, includes several provisions to help human trafficking victims by including them in the state’s abuse...