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Fulfilling a promise he made on day one of his tenure as Governor, Youngkin has announced the members of the Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support, a commission formed on his first day in office.

The Commission will be responsible for coordinating with the Secretary of Public Safety, the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of Labor, the Office of Attorney General, as well as the State Trafficking Response Coordinator, and any other federal, state, local, or private sector entities to increase law enforcement awareness, empower and support survivors, and enhance trafficking prevention education throughout the Commonwealth.

The new commission consists of the following members:
  • Mike Lamonea, Chair, of Chesapeake, Director at Juniper Networks and Retired DHS/Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent
  • Michael J. Brown of Lynchburg, Virginia, Sheriff (Retired), Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brittany Dunn of Alexandria, COO & Co-Founder, Safe House Project
  • Sarah-Beth Evans of Norfolk
  • Keith Farmer of Roanoke Valley, Director, Straight Street
  • Michael Y. Feinmel of Henrico, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Henrico County
  • Pamela Hock, M.S. of Richmond, Educator, Advocate, Survivor
  • Tyller Holden of Virginia Beach, Junior Board of Directors, EnJewel
  • Michael Miller of Bedford, Sheriff, Bedford County
  • Deepa Patel of Springfield, Virginia, Co-Founder and Clinician, Trauma and Hope
  • Mea Picone of Richmond
  • Susan Young of Fairfax, Executive Director and Founder, Parent Coalition To End Human Trafficking
The new commission consists of the following Ex-officio members:
  • Secretary Robert “Bob” Mosier, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
  • Secretary Aimee Guidera, Secretary of Education
  • Secretary Bryan Slater, Secretary of Labor
  • Angella Alvernaz, State Trafficking Response Coordinator, Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • Major Caren Sterling, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Lead of VSP Human Trafficking Unit, Virginia State Police
  • Tanya Gould, Director, Anti-Human Trafficking Office of Attorney General

“This Commission is proof that Virginia is committed to ending human trafficking,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. 

“The conviction of human traffickers, empowerment of survivors, and prevention of others from becoming victims are top public safety priorities for the Commonwealth. That is why I signed the executive order for this commission on my first day in office. We must remain vigilant to ensure that those who work tirelessly to combat human trafficking and help survivors are equipped with the tools necessary to win this fight.”

Virginia has been making steady progress in combating the nationwide problem of human trafficking. This announcement, combined with Virginia’s statewide efforts to combat this horrible issue has Virginia at the forefront of keeping Virginian safe.