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State Police Investigator Named To National Advisory Committee On Sex Trafficking

Apr 24, 2017 07:47AM ● By Theresa Gilman

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(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Massachusetts State Police.)

The Unit Commander of the Massachusetts State Police High Risk Victim Unit, Detective Lieutenant Pi Downsbrough, has been invited to join the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States.

The Committee advises the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General on practical and general policies concerning improvements to the nation’s response to the sex trafficking of children and youth in the United States.

“We must aggressively target the drivers of human trafficking to ensure this horrific practice is eliminated in Massachusetts and across the country,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The selection of Detective Lieutenant Downsbrough to this important panel is a reflection of her outstanding efforts to protect children, as well as of our commitment in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to vigorously combat sex trafficking,” Governor Charlie Baker said.

“Detective Lieutenant Downsbrough plays an integral role in our efforts to ensure state and federal laws and regulations are firmly enforced to stop human trafficking in Massachusetts,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “As chair of the Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, I know she will provide valuable insight to this national advisory committee.

“I am grateful for and humbled this opportunity to serve our nation by providing a law enforcement perspective on the tragedy of sex trafficking of our society’s most vulnerable victims,” Detective Lieutenant Downsbrough said.

The committee will also recommend best practices for states to follow in the prevention and intervention of sex trafficking of children and youths, including submitting an interim and final report to the Secretary of HHS, the Attorney General, and Congress.

Detective Lieutenant Downsbrough has headed the High Risk Victim Unit of the Massachusetts State Police for the past 15 months and has a long history of investigative experience in the area of human trafficking.

“There is no one better suited to give voice, in the highest corridors of power in our national government, to these vulnerable victims of this horrific crime,” said Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon.

The Massachusetts State Police High Risk Victim Unit was formed under the Baker-Polito Administration in April 2016 as a statewide investigative unit dedicated to investigating cases of child sex trafficking throughout the Commonwealth, and coordinating responses with other government agencies. The unit can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 978-451-3775.

Also in April 2016, Governor Baker issued an executive order to reinforce a zero tolerance policy for all Executive branch employees regarding human trafficking and related activities. In addition to establishing a statewide policy, all Executive Branch agencies were directed to exercise their best efforts to include principles of zero tolerance for human trafficking and related activities in future collective bargaining agreements. 

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