McKenna added that the fight against human trafficking is a bipartisan effort. This year’s push to reauthorize the TVPRA is led by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, a Republican.
“The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has made anti-human trafficking efforts one of its major initiatives with its Pillars of Hope presidential initiative and now through a Standing Committee on Human Trafficking,” a letter signed by 46 state attorneys general explains. “We understand the tremendous fiscal challenges the nation faces. However, during this time, we cannot lose sight of the needless human tragedies that are occurring within and beyond our borders (and) the critical need for funding to curtail the human trafficking industry.”
As part of his work as NAAG president, McKenna last year launched the “Pillars of Hope” initiative. In March, as McKenna neared the end of his term as NAAG president, Attorney General Coakley pledged to continue the initiative through a standing committee within NAAG.