The McCain Institute was busy marking this January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the landmark legislation to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking in this country. As part of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing ‘The Trafficking Victims Protection Act at 20: A Look Back – and a Look Ahead’, Mrs. McCain provided the Commission with a statement on the impact the TVPA has had in addressing sex and labor trafficking over the past twenty years, and recommendations for addressing the ever-shifting landscape. You can read the full statement here.

To kick of the month, in partnership with the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, we were proud to host the second annual AZ Human Trafficking Symposium. The event convened stakeholders from across the state and focused on best practices in serving victims, models of partnership-building and expanding service provider networks. You can read more about the symposium here.

During January’s State of the State Address, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey recognized Mrs. McCain, the Arizona Human Trafficking Council Co-Chair, for her work in fighting human trafficking in Arizona, across the nation and around the world.

Mrs. McCain also participated in a panel titled “A Conversation: The Scourge of Human Trafficking” alongside Georgetown Professor Nicole Bibbins-Sedaca at Florida International University’s State of the World Conference. You can watch the conversation in its entirety here.

Later in the month, Student Alliance Against Trafficking partnered with the ASU Athletic’s Department to host awareness events during the men’s basketball game against University of Arizona. Awareness materials included patches worn by the spirit squad and signs for the student section, a televised PSA featuring Mrs. McCain was also aired during halftime. To top it all off, ASU beat their rival, University of Arizona, in the last 11 seconds of the game!

Lastly, our Combatting Human Trafficking team contributed to the We Hold These Truths Campaign’s daily brief using the Super Bowl as a platform to raise awareness around the complex issue of human trafficking. That article can be read here.

Thank you to those of you who participated in your local communities during the month of January in support of anti-trafficking efforts. As we all know, human trafficking doesn’t end when the month is over, we encourage you to continue to be involved whether its volunteering, raising awareness or rethinking the purchases you make on a daily basis, every individual has the power to make a difference.