Hanover Park – State Representative Jennifer Sanalitro is raising awareness and combating human trafficking and slavery during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In a statement released today, Rep. Sanalitro emphasized the importance of recognizing the magnitude of this global issue, which ensnares nearly 27 million people worldwide, including in our own communities across Illinois.
Rep. Sanalitro remarked, “Human trafficking is not just an international problem, but one that happens in our own backyard. It is a billion-dollar criminal industry that strips individuals of their freedom and dignity. This month, I met with Kara Doan from Restoration 61 – an organization leading the way in eradicating this heinous crime and bringing healing to victims. Awareness is the first step towards change.”
Kara Doan – CEO and founder of Restoration61 said, “Restoration61 is an organization at the forefront of combating human trafficking in Illinois. We hope our advocacy to change state law will prove successful so that we can continue to bring humanity back into the lives individuals who find themselves victims to this tragic and growing crime.”
Rep. Sanalitro is urging community leaders, residents, and other local groups to familiarize themselves with the signs of human trafficking. Her office is also working on legislative measures to strengthen state laws against trafficking and provide support to survivors.
For more resources related to National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, constituents are encouraged to visit Rep. Sanalitro’s website or contact her office directly at 630-349-0645.
State Representative Jennifer Sanalitro is the State Representative for House District 48, which includes the communities of Addison, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Elk Grove, Hanover Park, Itasca, Medinah, Roselle, Schaumburg, and Wood Dale in suburban DuPage and Cook counties.