Delegate Kelli Sobonya will participate in a panel discussion, hosted by U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito, on human trafficking Friday morning at West Virginia State University in Institute.
“It is an honor to participate in the forum being held by Congresswoman Capito on the issue of human trafficking,” Sobonya, R-Cabell, said. “I am eager to share what we are doing at the state level to protect our children and families and to learn from other community groups and experts on how to better protect the most vulnerable among us.”
Delegate Sobonya is a member of the bipartisan House Women’s Caucus and the House Judiciary Committee, both of which developed several bills, including HB4053 and HB2814 (which Delegate Sobonya sponsored), to create provisions to investigate, prosecute, and punish human traffickers.
“We have also increased the penalty on child sex offenders, and a bill I sponsored became law that created a penalty for those who seek to prey on our children over the Internet,” she noted.
Representative Capito’s educational summit, “Human Trafficking: What West Virginians Need to Know," will take place 10 a.m. Friday, May 23, at West Virginia State University in Institute.
In addition to several guest panelists who will speak, federal, state and local officials, community groups, non-profit organizations and religious leaders have all been invited to attend this summit and participate in a question-and-answer session.