This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (EndExploitationSummit.com)
Senior Project Manager and Human Trafficking Coordinator, Cook County Sheriff’s Office
The United States has made strides in addressing the exploitation and sale of our children. While not perfect, it is our children, and rightly so, who have the attention of the Federal Government and is gaining ground amongst the states. There remains however a dangerous and unfair lag in connecting the dots for those who either reach their 18th birthday while exploited, or entered the sex trade as an adult. This session will (1) address the “Structural Violence” that allows this disparity (2) revisit the basic tenants of the “United Nations Declaration of Human Rights” and the “Palermo Protocols” which clearly and vehemently mute this violation of adult human rights.
Marian Hatcher has been with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for 13 years where she is the Senior Project Manager for the Office of Public Policy and the Human Trafficking Coordinator. She coordinates several of CCSO’s anti-trafficking efforts such as the “National Johns Suppression Initiative,” a nationwide effort with over 100 arresting agencies with more than 200 total partners targeting the buyers of sex as the driving force of sex trafficking and prostitution.
Ms. Hatcher is a national expert on combating the demand, sitting on numerous boards and facilitating trainings on trafficking and prostitution for various law enforcement groups including the F.B.I. and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She has traveled the country speaking at various events and conferences, shedding light on the prevalent issue of trafficking and telling her own story as a survivor of sex trafficking and domestic violence.
Over the past 13 years she has been featured in the Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary: Prostitution Leaving the Life, Midwest Emmy winning INK 180 Documentary, Shared Hope International Gang Trap Series, Nick Kristoffs – A Path Appears and most recently I AM JANE DOE.
She is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 Shared Hope International Path Breaker Award, presented to individuals who have dedicated themselves to tackling the demand that drives domestic minor sex trafficking. Most recently, Ms. Hatcher was awarded the 2016 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service from President Obama.
Ms. Hatcher received her BS from Loyola University in 1985 concentrating on Finance. Her previous experiences include working at three major corporations. On August 2015, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, Ambassador- At-Large and Chaplaincy from CICA International University & Seminary, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, (ECOSOC).