ALEXANDRIA, Va. – United States Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger today hosted a virtual law enforcement roundtable aimed at combatting human trafficking in Northern Virginia.
“Human trafficking is modern day slavery,” said Terwilliger. “As someone who personally investigated and prosecuted these cases earlier in my career, there is no more just prosecution than holding accountable those who would sell, sexually and physically exploit, and ultimately discard a human being.”
The roundtable included law enforcement partners from the U.S. Attorney’s Office; FBI; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General; and Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service.
Morris Parker, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Major Crimes Unit at EDVA, led the discussion of EDVA’s strategic plan on human trafficking, which primarily focuses on: 1) The identification of human trafficking victims; 2) Identification and prosecution of human traffickers; and, 3) Improving intelligence, information sharing, and coordination amongst law enforcement to ensure that we are rescuing victims, disrupting trafficking schemes, and holding traffickers accountable as quickly as possible.
The discussion of the strategic plan was followed by a presentation on trends in human trafficking investigations led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen C. Cain, EDVA’s Human Trafficking Coordinator and Chair of the Law Enforcement Committee for the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. A leading expert, Cain was honored in 2019 with the Top Prosecutor Award by Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation for her work in combatting human trafficking.