Human Trafficking Outreach Campaign
At the Feb. 24 meeting of the County Council, the Council gave its unanimous support to legislation I sponsored that continues King County's fight against human trafficking by expanding outreach efforts to public and government facilities.
The outreach campaign will provide an informational number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline. It's a number that victims can call for assistance. The campaign will focus on posting this information at locations and services where trafficked individuals are likely to see the messages. It will also call on the Executive to explore opportunities to post information with the County's many other partners, such as community clinics, shelters, and hospitals. To learn more, click here.
Prior to the Council vote, I spoke to the members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means. The Subcommittee is Chaired by Rep. Dave Reichert and met in Auburn on February 19 to discuss efforts in Washington State to prevent and address child sex trafficking. At the meeting I was able to highlight King County's ongoing effort to fight human trafficking. To read more, click here.
New fields for Ravensdale Park
Late last month, the Council unanimously approved an agreement between King County and the Ravensdale Park Foundation that paves the way for construction of two synthetic multi-use athletic fields and all related infrastructure at Ravensdale Park, which is located outside Maple Valley.
The expansion will provide increased quality of life and recreational opportunities for the youth and adults of southeast King County and construction begins in the Spring of 2014. To read more, click here.