For Immediate Release

March 14, 2014

 

Contact:

Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell

katrina.rill@mail.house.gov

 

DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell
bill.silverfarb@mail.house.gov

 

Washington, DC- Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) and South San Francisco Police and Fire Chief Mike Massoni will be joined by local, state and federal law enforcement to announce the roll-out of the “Human Trafficking Protocol for Law Enforcement in San Mateo County” on Monday, March 17, 2014, 2:30 p.m. at the South San Francisco Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive. The protocol lays out in detail how to best uncover, respond to and investigate human trafficking cases in San Mateo County.

 

Speier and local law enforcement agencies launched the San Mateo County Zero Tolerance Initiative in 2011 and the protocol is a product of the initiative.

 

Speier stated, “I am extremely proud of the collaboration and determination shown in this effort to stamp out the despicable crime of sex trafficking in our communities. It’s modern day slavery and we cannot tolerate the sale of human beings here in San Mateo County or anywhere in the world. The approach in the protocol will help rescue trafficking victims and appropriately discourage and punish traffickers.”

 

Massoni stated, “Law Enforcement in San Mateo County will do everything in our power to eradicate this crime. We will continue to work collaboratively with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s office, the FBI, and Homeland Security to do whatever we can to combat this heinous crime.”

 

An estimated 100,000-300,000 domestic minors are trafficked in the United States every year. Sex trafficking in San Mateo County is particularly difficult to investigate because it happens behind doors in motels and hotels. The protocol includes training for law enforcement, hotel and hospitality workers and victim assistance.

 

Who:               Congresswoman Jackie Speier

                        SSF Police Chief Mike Massoni

                        Al Serrato, San Mateo District Attorney’s office

                        Brian Stretch, U.S. Attorney’s Office

                        Kevin Sherburne, Federal Bureau of Investigation

                        Tatum King, Department of Homeland Security

                        Jaida Im, Freedom House

                        and local law enforcement and elected officials

 

What:              Press conference announcing San Mateo County Human Trafficking Protocol for Law Enforcement

 

When:              Monday, March 17, 2014

                        2:30 – 3:30 pm

 

Where:             South San Francisco Municipal Services Building

                        33 Arroyo Drive

                        South San Francisco

 

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier represents California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.