For immediate release:

November 9, 2016


Michael Preston


Media Advisory:

Maryland Safe Harbor Workgroup Will Hold Final Meeting November 16

Workgroup Established to Aid Youth Victims of Human Trafficking; Meeting Open to Public  

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Workgroup to Study Safe Harbor Policy for Youth Victims of Human Trafficking will hold its fifth and final meeting of the year on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 1:00 PMat the Secretary of State’s Office, located on the fourth floor of 16 Francis St., Annapolis, MD 21401.

Chaired by Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith, the workgroup is charged with compiling information on and identifying the needs of youth victims of human trafficking, evaluating current safe harbor policies and legal protections for youth victims of human trafficking in other states, and making recommendations on legislation and policy initiatives that aid youth victims of human trafficking in Maryland.

The meeting is open to the public, and individuals who have worked with survivors of human trafficking in either a professional setting or volunteer position are encouraged to attend and share their experiences and knowledge. Members of the public who have questions about the meeting may call Thomas Stack, public safety policy analyst at the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, at 410-697-9336.

This workgroup will submit a supplemental report on its findings and recommendations to Governor Hogan and the General Assembly by December 1, 2016. Additional information about the workgroup and its 2015 Report can be found here.

WHAT: Meeting of the Workgroup to Study Safe Harbor Policy for Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

WHERE: Secretary of State’s Office, 16 Francis St., 4th Floor, Annapolis, MD 21401

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 1:00 PM

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention serves as a coordinating office that advises the governor on criminal justice strategies. The office plans, promotes, and funds efforts with government entities, private organizations, and the community to advance public policy, enhance public safety, reduce crime and juvenile delinquency, and serve victims.