On June 10th and 11th, Captain Daniel Alioto, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Commander of Vice/Narcotics, attended the National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare. The event was hosted by the White House and sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau.
This event provided support for the States in preparing for implementation of new mandates under the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014. These mandates represent significant new requirements for State child welfare agencies, and effective implementation will require inter-agency and crisis systems partnerships to successfully provide services for the prevention and protection of children and youth who are at-risk of or are victims of sex trafficking. The convening brought together representatives from each state that have a role in implementing the new mandates and providing support to victims and those at risk. Attendees included judges, representatives from Court Improvement Program (CIP) grants, State Child Welfare Directors and representatives from law enforcement.
Captain Alioto was the only law enforcement official invited to attend from Maryland.
"Sex trafficking is a real problem. It's happening in our cities and counties. The convening brought together the groups who can effect change for at-risk youths and give support to victims of sex trafficking. We can learn from eachother best practices; what works and what doesn't to combat this crime. I was humbled to have been asked to attend and look forward to working with other officials as we implement the Act's mandates" - Captain Daniel Alioto.
For inquiries or comments, contact Captain Alioto at 301.475.4200 x 1918.