In 2014 the National League of Women Voters (LWV) adopted a position opposing all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including both sex and labor trafficking. The League believes every measure and effort should be made through legislation and changes in public policy to prevent this abuse of human life, including persecution and penalties of traffickers and abusers, strictly enforcing related existing laws and providing services for victims and education and awareness programs for the public.
Across the country LWV groups have successfully worked with elected officials to adopt anti-human trafficking proclamations, including the Arizona state legislature and several counties. When LWV-SB approached District 4 Supervisor Anthony Smith who represents SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch, he was highly supportive and co-sponsored the proposal to bring it to the full board. During their June 24 meeting, LWV-SB co-chair Beverly Kloehn was invited to present the proposal to declare Pinal County a Zero Tolerance Human Trafficking Zone. It was unanimously adopted by the Supervisors. They and Sheriff Paul Babeu, who also attended the meeting, thanked the SaddleBrooke League for bringing such an important matter before the county because it is an issue affecting all communities.
The next LWV-SB Meeting will be Monday, October 19, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Bobcat Room, HOA One clubhouse. The topic will be “Is Democracy for Sale? Can the Voters Afford It?”
In this video of a forum originally presented by the LWV of Greater Tucson on January 17, 2015 we’ll hear from previous Arizona gubernatorial candidates, political advisors and media personnel who report on politics in our state.
Join us on Monday, October 19. All are welcome. If you have questions about LWV-SB or the upcoming meeting, contact co-chair, Beverly Kloehn at 818-0914.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy.