2016 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas grade in combating human trafficking continues to rise

Release Date: Nov 21, 2016

TOPEKA – (November 21, 2016) – Kansas’ ranking from an international human trafficking victim advocacy group has risen for the fifth year in a row, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Since 2011, Shared Hope International, a victim advocacy group that seeks to end sex trafficking and exploitation of women and children worldwide, has issued report cards for states through its Protected Innocence Challenge. The “grade” Kansas received from Shared Hope International for its efforts to combat human trafficking has increased from 80.5 last year to 88 out of a possible 100 for 2016.

Since Schmidt took office as attorney general in 2011, Kansas’ score has risen from an “F” to a “B.”  

Combating human trafficking in Kansas has been a priority for Schmidt, who along with the governor proposed comprehensive 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.

“We appreciate Shared Hope’s recognition of the good progress Kansas is making to combat human trafficking,” Schmidt said. “I look forward to working closely with the Legislature next year on additional measures to raise awareness of this terrible crime and continue making a positive difference for victims.”

A copy of the scorecard can be found here: http://sharedhope.org/PICframe6/reportcards/PIC_RC_2016_KS.pdf.

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