This presentation was given at the 2016 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit in Houston, TX, hosted by The National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Details on the CESE Summit at EndExploitationSummit.com/
During Connecticut’s 2016 Legislative Session, advocates and lawmakers came together to pass comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation aimed at preventing human trafficking and prosecuting those responsible for the sexual exploitation of women and children. Learn about the recent policy wins, strategy and partner engagement, and where Connecticut intends to go from here.
Jillian Gilchrest is the Chair of Connecticut’s Trafficking in Persons Council, a statutorily created body charged with developing recommendations to strengthen state and local efforts to prevent trafficking, protect victims of trafficking, and prosecute traffickers. Jillian also serves as the Director of Health Professional Outreach for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Gilchrest has extensive experience advocating for women’s health and safety, in particular influencing public policy. She helped Connecticut become the first state to pass landmark campus sexual assault policy and successfully led efforts to address Connecticut’s rape kit backlog and implement an affirmative consent standard. Jillian established Connecticut’s Campaign for Paid Family Leave and most recently helped Connecticut become the first state to pass comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation that requires hotel and motel operators to train staff in recognizing signs of human trafficking and which will also require such facilities to keep records of their guests. Jillian has a BA and MSW from the University of Connecticut. She is a blogger for youngwomenrisingct.com and ctworkingmoms.com.