Come join us in Annapolis on Monday, February 10, 2014 as we tell our legislators that we want them to take action on human trafficking in the state of Maryland. Light refreshments will be provided through the generosity of the Prince George’s Commission for Women/WE3 Legislative Action Committee.
This year, the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, the sponsor of the lobby day, is supporting one or more bills. See “Bill Summaries” for a one-page summary of the bills we’re supporting during the 2014 legislative session. Each bill has a separate “Issue Brief”, linked below, with more background and details. These are helpful to read in preparation for lobby day. We will have a short session on lobby day to review the bills and discuss tips for effective advocacy.
Between 7:00 and 7:45 there will be time to stop by your legislators office to tell them that you want to see human trafficking in Maryland stopped and which bills you want them to support to help accomplish that goal. While it is not necessary to make appointments ahead of time, you have a better chance of meeting with your legislator in person if you make an appointment ahead of time. Otherwise you might meet with a staff member or leave a hand-written note.
To make an appointment with your legislator do the following:
- Go to MDelect and type in your full home address
- Click on your senator and delegates in the panel on the left side of the screen to find their contact information.
- Contact your senator and delegates via phone and/or email asking for a 10-15 min. appointment to discuss legislation on an important issue to you—human trafficking in Maryland.
- Try not to schedule appointments too closely together as you might take up to 5-10 minutes to walk from one meeting to the next.
- Our goal is to have all one-on-one legislative meetings occur between 7:00 and 7:45. We would not recommend scheduling a meeting during our 5:30-6:15 information session. If you need to schedule a meeting during 6:15-7:00 (the drop-in) because that is your legislator’s or your only availability, that is fine.
Recent evidence that human trafficking is happening right here in Maryland:
- Human Trafficking Fact Sheet 2014
- The Abell Report – Sex Trafficking in Maryland
- ‘The Game’ Change: One Woman’s Story
- Baltimore Brothel Operator Sentenced To Over 11 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking Of A Minor
- Former Baltimore City Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Minor
- Ringleader Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison On Sex Trafficking Charges
- 3 People Charged In 2 Separate Human Trafficking Cases
- Experts: Thousands of Young Md. Women at Risk of Human Trafficking
- Sex Trafficking on the Rise in DC, MD, VA
- New York Pimp Sentenced in Maryland to 36 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking and Gun Crimes