The Birmingham Division is pleased to honor Ms. Patricia A. McCay, who works to raise awareness and promote education surrounding human trafficking issues in her community.
In 2008, Ms. McCay became a member of the Madison County Coordinated Community Response Taskforce Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The next year, she was named chairwoman and was responsible for the inclusion of human trafficking to the name and as a focus of the task force. As a result of her efforts, the Madison County Commission, the cities of Huntsville and Madison, and the Redstone Arsenal signed a proclamation making January 11, 2010 Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Madison County.
In May 2010, the task force created a subcommittee focused on defining a coalition of services and service providers in north Alabama to help prepare the community for victims of human trafficking.
Last year, the task force sponsored a community educational forum on human trafficking. More than 75 attendees spent the day learning about Alabama human trafficking legislation, the FBI’s role in civil rights and human trafficking enforcement, and an overview of services available to the community.