Friday, June 6, 2014

Schmidt to help lead national anti-human trafficking group

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been appointed national vice-chair of the Human Trafficking Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General.

The committee studies anti-human trafficking efforts throughout the country to identify and share best practices. Combating human trafficking in Kansas has been a priority for Schmidt, who proposed legislation in 2013 to strengthen Kansas law against human trafficking.

The new law has resulted in more effective prosecution, additional training and better support for victims.

Schmidt also was elected vice-chair of the Midwest Region for the national association. He has just completed a one-year term as the regional chair. In that capacity, he hosted the regional meeting in Lawrence in April and focused that discussion on regional efforts to combat human trafficking.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will serve as regional chair for the coming year.

In addition, Schmidt will serve for the next year as a member of the association’s Consumer Protection Committee. He has previously chaired that committee and has served on it throughout his tenure as Kansas attorney general.

In 2013, Schmidt hosted the national consumer protection conference in Wichita and has made consumer protection a priority for the attorney general’s office.