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Stakeholders Meeting with Chris Johnson, Policy Director
Washington Attorney General's Office

"Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the Yakima Valley"

Monday, November 5th
5:00-6:30pm

Yakima County 1st Street Conference Room (old Pizza Hut building)
233 North 1st Street

Yakima Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Network welcomes Chris Johnson to meet with community stakeholders in the fight against domestic minor sex trafficking so that we can:

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  • Better understand the Attorney General’s Role in the fight against Human Trafficking both nationally and in the State of Washington
  • Make sure our concerned voices are heard by local and state elected officials
  • Learn how concerned residents of the Yakima Valley can engage in community mobilization to change public perceptions regarding human trafficking, serve the needs of survivors and assist law enforcement in holding traffickers accountable
  • Share our concerns and needs regarding local domestic minor sex trafficking issues direct with the Attorney General's office
  • Chris has been responsible for developing and implementing Attorney General McKenna’s NAAG Presidential Initiative on Human Trafficking, and for coordinating the “Four Pillars of Hope” Summit on Human Trafficking in March, 2012 in Seattle.

    Who Should Attend?

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  • Law enforcement
  • City/County officials
  • Prosecutors
  • Service providers
  • Legal community
  • Advocates for Youth at Risk
  • Those working to:

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  • Prevent
  • Prosecute
  • Protect
  • Partner
  • Rescue & Restore
  • Victims of Human Trafficking

    Please RSVP to

    Danielle Surkatty, Zonta Advocacy Chair
    Call (509) 966-1529 for more information

     

    Chris Johnson

    Chris JohnsonChris Johnson became Policy Director for Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna in January 2005.  In this capacity, Chris serves as liaison to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  He is responsible for developing the office’s response to criminal justice challenges affecting Washington State, including domestic violence, human trafficking, gang-related crime and the manufacture, trafficking and abuse of illegal narcotics, and the diversion of prescription medications.

    Under AG McKenna’s direction, Chris spearheaded efforts to combat Washington’s methamphetamine epidemic.  He served as staff liaison to McKenna’s “Operation: Allied Against Meth” task force, which brought together prosecutors, sheriffs, treatment professionals, non-profit and business community representatives, to advise the attorney general on stopping meth abuse.  The Washington State Legislature passed into law many of the task force’s recommendations relating to law enforcement, drug abuse prevention and treatment and cleanup of contaminated properties.

    As our state’s primary synthetic drug abuse threat has shifted from methamphetamine to schedule II – V controlled substances, legend drugs and over the counter medications, Chris now manages the work program for Attorney General McKenna’s Prescription Drug Advisory Group. This body includes doctors, pharmacists, prevention specialists and representatives of law enforcement, as well as manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, and its mission is to reach agreement on how to fund implantation of a Prescription Monitoring Program in our state.

    Since 2007, Chris has served as staff liaison to Attorney General McKenna’s Domestic Violence Advisory Group, leading efforts to pass legislation creating the offense of felony assault by strangulation, and to increase penalties for violent domestic violence recidivists. For the past year, Chris has been responsible for developing and implementing Attorney General McKenna’s NAAG Presidential Initiative on Human Trafficking, and for coordinating the “Four Pillars of Hope” Summit on Human Trafficking in March, 2012 in Seattle.

     

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