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Ranking Member Walker to Lead Hearing on Human Trafficking in Greensboro on Monday

October 24, 2019
Press Release

GREENSBORO, N.C. - U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism announced that a field hearing on combatting human trafficking will take place in Greensboro, N.C. on Monday, October 28:

"Though I am proud of the success we have had in combatting human trafficking, we must do more to ensure that this moral injustice ends and that perpetrators see prosecution. I am looking forward to building on our progress in combatting human trafficking with this field hearing to support law enforcement and survivors in North Carolina and across the country."

Walker serves as the Ranking Member, or top Republican on the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee. He and his colleagues on the subcommittee will be joined by the following witnesses:

  • Ms. Christine Shaw Long, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission, North Carolina Judicial Branch.
  • Mr. Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations, Charlotte Field Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security.
  • Mr. Carl L. Wall, II, Special Agent in Charge for the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation for the Human Trafficking Unit.
  • Ms. Aundrea Azelton, Chief Deputy for the Randolph County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office.

Other members of the subcommittee include Chairman Max Rose (D-N.Y.), U.S. Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-Tenn.), U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), U.S. Representative James Langevin (D-R.I.), and U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.).

Walker’s successful efforts to combat human trafficking include H.R. 460, the Human Trafficking Detection Act, his legislation that was passed the House in 2015 and was signed into law by President Obama as part of S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. He is also a co-sponsor of H.R.1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA), which was signed into law by President Trump. Additionally, he introduced the Bettering Resources In Guarding from Human Trafficking (BRIGHT) Act following feedback from meetings in North Carolina’s 6th District with law enforcement agencies and organizations working to fight human trafficking.

You can find more information on Monday’s hearing in Greensboro here:


WHAT: Congressional Hearing: “Tackling Human Trafficking: Assessing Federal, State and Local Information Sharing Efforts” 

WHEN: Monday, October 28th at 9:00a.m

WHERE: Old County Courthouse, 301 West Market Street, Greensboro, North Carolina

Once the hearing begins, you can watch it live here.