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Human Trafficking Focus of Meeting of Local Leaders from Around the Region At Meeting Today in Rockville
 
  • Release ID: 14-215
  • Release Date: 7/17/2014
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
Three legislative leaders of local governments and representatives of two other governments met today in Rockville in a specially focused meeting of the Metropolitan Washington regional chairs. The meeting was arranged by Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice and included D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson; Mayor William Euille of the City of Alexandria; and representatives of the Prince George’s and Howard County councils. The main focus of their informal meeting was the increasing issue of human trafficking.

The group met for two hours at the Montgomery Council Office Building in Rockville.

“We are all members of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, but I think we need to be able to discuss certain issues in a different type of setting,” said Montgomery Council President Rice. “There are quite a few issues where we are all impacted and we need to cut through some formalities to make sure we are helping each other and not hurting each other. The issue of human trafficking, and how to address it, is complex and it was good to hear several views on what we need to do about it.”

Among those who talked with the government leaders were Assistant Chief Russ Hamill, Captain Dinesh Patil, Lt. Kevin Sullivan and Sgt. Kenneth Penrod of the Montgomery County Police; Jennifer Jones, chair of the Legislative Committee for Human Trafficking and chair of the Commission for Women of Prince George’s County; C. Vernon Gray, the chair of Howard County’s Human Trafficking Task Force; Captain Ellsworth Jones of the Howard County Police Department; and Michael Mackey, Gang Prevention and Intervention Liaison for Howard County.

“You cannot expect to come up with answers if just one jurisdiction is working on major issue such as human trafficking because this problem knows no boundaries,” said Council President Rice. “That is why it was good to get together informally—but in a way that we were able to talk frankly about what needs to be done.”

Council President Rice said that he hopes that the series of meetings of regional leaders will continue so other significant, common issues can be discussed.



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