Governor’s Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention & Support


RICHMOND, VA.— Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Safe House Project’s Chief Operating Officer, Brittany Dunn and Sarah Beth Evans, Education & Content Creator, will serve as members of the Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support. This 12 member commission will advise the Governor on how to effectively combat human trafficking in Virginia.


The Commission will be responsible for coordinating with the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bob Mosier, the Secretary of Education Aimee Guidera, the Secretary of Labor Secretary Bryan Slater, the Office of Attorney General Jason Miyares, as well as the State Trafficking Response Coordinator and any other federal, state, local, or private sector entities to increase law enforcement awareness, empower and support survivors, and enhance trafficking prevention education throughout the Commonwealth.


To see all members of the Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support visit here.


Governor Glenn Youngkin ceremonially signed seven bills that deliver on the Governor’s commitment to enact legislation to combat human trafficking in the Commonwealth and empower survivors. Following the ceremonial bill signing, Secretary Kay Coles James officiated the swearing-in ceremony for the Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support.


“Today’s first Human Trafficking Commission meeting and the signing of these bills are important milestones in the Commonwealth’s mission to combat human trafficking in Virginia. We gathered together today as a demonstration of the continued collaboration and commitment from this Administration, the Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General, the General Assembly, localities and Virginians to eradicate human trafficking in Virginia,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “We know that what we will do here will have a ripple effect on trafficking across the nation.”


Read more about the bills here.


 “During human trafficking month, my administration is expanding our efforts to eradicate human trafficking, the modern-day slavery of our time, in Virginia once and for all. The critical collaboration between the commission and my administration has fostered new state roles to address human trafficking and legislation born of commission recommendations. Thank you to the commission for your important work and reports, we are one step closer to removing this evil from the Commonwealth,” - Governor Glenn Youngkin.


“Eradicating human trafficking in the Commonwealth remains at the center of our service, and we laud the many dedicated parties working tirelessly on this most important issue,” - First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin. 


“The Commission was established following the continued increase of human trafficking cases both nationally and in Virginia. Comprised of survivors, law enforcement professionals, and practitioners who deliver services and resources to victims, the Commission was chartered to take a broad look at historic trends and provide recommendations to combat this heinous crime. Human trafficking remains a priority amongst the unfinished work in society to ensure the respect and inalienable rights of all people throughout the world,” - Commission Chairman Michael K. Lamonea.