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Human Trafficking is Focus of Committee Meeting on Monday, Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 3, 2017

Human Trafficking is Focus
of Committee Meeting
on Monday, Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Also on Nov. 6: The Justice Reinvestment Act and
review of the White Flint 2 Sector Plan and
Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Area Minor Master Plan

ROCKVILLE, Md., November 3, 2017—The Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety (PS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) Committees will meet jointly at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 6 to receive a briefing on human trafficking.

The PS Committee is chaired by Councilmember Elrich and includes Councilmembers Hucker and Katz. The HHS Committee is chaired by Councilmember Leventhal and includes Council President Berliner and Councilmember Rice. The Committees will meet in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room.

The key issues to be discussed during the briefing on human trafficking include identifying the scope of human trafficking in the County, the current process used to provide services to victims of human trafficking, housing issues, and enhanced service recommendations. The briefing will include input from, among others, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and FAIR Girls, a private organization that provides direct services and emergency housing to young women and girls who are survivors of human trafficking. Within the last 18 months, FAIR Girls has seen an increase in the need for services in the County.

In October, the Council passed Bill 27-17, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - Human Trafficking Prevention Committee – Established, which formed a Committee that will recommend the best strategies to combat human trafficking.

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/y7tq8oqf

The Committees also will receive a briefing on the Justice Reinvestment Act. In 2015, the State created the Justice Reinvestment Act Coordinating Council (JRACC) to "develop a statewide framework of sentencing and corrections policies to further reduce the State’s incarcerated population, reduce spending on corrections, and reinvest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism." The report will share the early results of this Statewide program.

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/yd8gaaug

The Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will meet at 2 p.m. in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room to review the White Flint 2 Sector Plan. The PHED Committee is chaired by Councilmember Floreen and includes Councilmember Leventhal and Council Vice President Riemer.

This will be the PHED Committee’s fourth meeting on the 460-acre White Flint 2 Sector Plan, which includes large commercial shopping centers, an office park, light industrial properties, and residential development that would support a broad range of affordable housing options. The Committee will follow up on zoning issues and affordable housing requirements, as well as transportation issues, staging, and infrastructure financing.

The staff reports can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/y7wdenfv and
http://tinyurl.com/y8f28bm5

The PHED Committee also will discuss the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Area Minor Master Plan, a 117-acre plan which advances the County’s goal of transit-oriented development at Metro stations to keep up with housing demands in a sustainable manner. This discussion will focus exclusively on affordable housing and moderately-priced dwelling units.

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/ybctn8um

The Committee meetings will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. The meetings also will be available live via streaming through the Council website at http://tinyurl.com/z9982v8 .

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Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926