ATLANTA (August 12, 2011) – Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) attended the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in San Antonio, Texas to moderate a human trafficking forum along side Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino.
“I was honored to be joined by such an outspoken advocate for this extremely important issue,” said Sen. Unterman. “We facilitated a meaningful discussion about human trafficking, and I am confident that legislators will take our message back to their respective states to continue the fight against this horrific crime.”
All over the world, an estimated 2.5 million people are forced into labor, and often sexually exploited, as a result of human trafficking in their own countries and abroad. Mira Sorvino, who is also a U. N. Goodwill Ambassador, has traveled the globe speaking about this issue. Together, Sen. Unterman and Sorvino, discussed state, federal and international efforts to combat human trafficking and challenged state lawmakers from across the country to create new laws and change existing state laws to impose stronger penalties on sex traffickers and enablers. Additionally, they encouraged state lawmakers to promote measures that will put an end to the demand for the sexual exploitation of minors and child pornography.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.
For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2011
For Information Contact:
Natalie Dale, Director