June 3 2019

Board of Health Hosting Presentation on Human Trafficking


The Burlington Board of Health, in collaboration with the MA Attorney General’s Office, is inviting interested members of the public to attend a presentation on human trafficking.  

In 2012, legislation titled An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People, went into effect, a release states. The legislation created new crimes of trafficking and increased penalties for existing crimes, expanded the reporting obligations of mandated reporters, authorized the forfeiture of trafficking offender assets be placed into a trust fund for victims, and created an Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force to continue to address trafficking issues.  

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has a dedicated Human Trafficking Division that focuses on policy, prevention and prosecution and includes a team of specialized prosecutors, victim advocates and Massachusetts State Police troopers who handle high impact, multi-jurisdictional human trafficking investigations and prosecutions across the state, the release states. Through the Human Trafficking Division, the Attorney General’s Office has charged more than 50 individuals in connection with human trafficking since the legislation went into effect.

The presentation will be conducted by Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Keeley, Chief of the MA Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Division, and Heather Rowe, Chief of Investigations at the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division and will provide an overview of sex trafficking and labor trafficking in the Commonwealth.  


Assistant Attorney General Keeley has been in her position since October 2016. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Ms. Keeley worked at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as the Chief of their Human Trafficking and Exploitation Unit.  Heather Rowe has been in her position since 2016. The Fair Labor Division enforces the state’s wage and hour, ensures that employers follow prevailing wage and public construction bid laws, and ensures that employers follow child labor laws.

Join the Board of Health for the informative presentation on June 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grandview Farm. To RSVP, call the Board of Health at 781-270-1955 or email boh@burlington.org.


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