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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Gov. Jan Brewer created a council to build on a taskforce created last year to help reduce trafficking in Arizona.

The Arizona Human Trafficking Council is expected to add toGov. Brewer's Task Force on Human Trafficking through more collaboration withlaw enforcement and public awareness of victim's services, officials said.

"Human trafficking is a despicable crime affecting some ofour most vulnerable citizens and, as a border state facing international andinter-state ports of entry, Arizona is particularly exposed to its harmful effects,"Gov. Brewer said. "This council, comprised of Arizona's leading experts inhuman trafficking and public safety, will be a significant next step in ourcritical mission."     

Brewer created the Task Force on Human Trafficking, co-chairedby Cindy McCain and Gil Orrantia, in April 2013. It was designed to reduce traffickingand assist victims. More than 16 subject matter experts made recommendationsfor strengthening state human trafficking laws, including increasingprotections for victims, fortifying penalties for traffickers and solicitors,and facilitating a better overall statewide response to the crime.

Members of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council include:

- CindyMcCain, Philanthropist/Advocate/Business Owner (Co-Chairperson)

- GilOrrantia, Director, Arizona Department of Homeland Security (Co-Chairperson)

- CarolynJones, Survivor of human trafficking, Streetlight

- JonEliason, Division Chief, Maricopa County Attorney's Office

- SheilaHoppe, Contracts Manager, Division of Child Safety and Family Services

- MargeryAult, Division Chief of Consumer Rights, Arizona Department of Health Services

- MichaelDerfus, Captain of Enforcement and Compliance, Arizona Department ofTransportation,

- Lt.Colonel Timothy Chung, Criminal Investigations Division, Arizona Department ofPublic Safety,

- ChadCampbell, Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, AdministrativeOffice of the Courts

- BrianSteele, Executive Director, Phoenix Dream Center

- AllieBones, Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and DomesticViolence

- SergeantChris Bray, Phoenix Police Department

- GrantWoods, Former Arizona Attorney General

- DominiqueRoe-Sepowitz, Director, ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research

- SarahSuggs, CEO, O'Connor House

- ChuckFitzgerald, Arizona Department of Economic Security's Office of Faith andCommunity

- DebbieJohnson, President, Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association

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