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WATCH LIVE WEDNESDAY: Chief Justice Beasley Joins Governor to Declare January as Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. on the Judicial Branch’s Facebook Live (@NCcourts)

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Chief Justice Cheri Beasley along with federal, state and local law enforcement, government leaders, stakeholders and advocates will join together to discuss awareness of and priorities for combating human trafficking in North Carolina. 

Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. This event can be viewed via Facebook Live. Media should be set up by 9:15 a.m. and should have credentials. Interviews will be available after the press conference.

North Carolina State Bar, 217 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601



  • Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, Supreme Court of North Carolina 
  • Attorney General Josh Stein
  • Secretary Erik A. Hooks, Department of Public Safety
  • Representative Ted Davis, Jr., North Carolina House District 19
  • Jennifer Haigwood, chair, North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission


Law Enforcement

  • Colonel Glenn M. McNeil, Commander, North Carolina Highway Patrol
  • Special Agent in Charge Carl Wall, State Bureau of Investigation
  • Kory Williford, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Apex Police Department
  • Fayetteville Police Department
  • Special Agent in Charge Israel G. Morrow, Alcohol Law Enforcement

Elected Officials

  • Avery Bonifati, office staff representing Congresswoman Alma Adams (United States House of Representatives, NC-12)
  • North Carolina Senator Gladys A. Robinson (28th district)
  • Orange County Commissioner Renee Price


  • Interim Director McKinley Wooten, Jr., Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Tara Minter, Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Christy Agner, Governor’s Office, Hometown Strong
  • Cole Jordan, Governor’s Office
  • Glorina Stallworth, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Nona Best, North Carolina Center for Missing Persons
  • WORTH Court representatives (Fayetteville)

North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission

  • District Attorney Billy West
  • Caitlin Ryland, Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Chief Deputy Pam Cashwell, North Carolina Department of Public Safety
  • Special Deputy Attorney General and Director of Public Protection Jasmine McGhee, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • Christine S. Long, executive director, North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission

Programs / Services / NGOs:

  • Elizabeth Hunter, The Salvation Army – Project FIGHT
  • Katrusia Johnson, Harbor Inc.
  • Kendra King, Market Your Mind
  • Allysa McKenzie, STATUSA
  • Lauren Schwartz and Katrina Umbaugh, InterAct of Wake County

Business / Private Sector:

  • Crystal Collins, North Carolina Trucking Association
  • Bruce Kaplan, FBI Citizens Academy