Farmington Hills elected officials host human trafficking forum

Farmington Hills council members Theresa Rich and Samantha Steckloff will host an August 22 forum on human trafficking for local elected officials at Farmington Hills City Hall.

Samantha Steckloff and Theresa Rich
Council members Samantha Steckloff and Theresa Rich (City of Farmington Hills)

While the two were aware of county, state, federal, international initiatives to deter the modern-day form of slavery, they learned there are few activities at the local level.

“We need to take the conversation is to the level where activity happens, in our cities and townships, where we can provide reinforcement of positive practices and potentially strengthen ordinances to deter activities,” Steckloff said in a press release.

Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson
Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson (Oakland County)

The forum, held in partnership with Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in council chambers.

“This is an important issue for our county and needs to transcend party politics,” Rich said. “We invited every city and township local elected to make sure there is no partisan bent in this conversation.”

At the forum, officials will hear from Sheriff’s Department Lt. Wendy Reyes about the landscape in Oakland County and from Jackson about work of a county task force. They will discuss locally-driven work happening in Houston, Texas, a national benchmark, and share activities and ideas.

“I am delighted to support this first-time partnership between the County and local elected officials,” Jackson said. “What is happening here may become a best practice to be shared elsewhere.”

The forum is free of charge and is open to the public. City Hall is located at 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills.