ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed three bills Tuesday morning to combat human trafficking across the state.
It took place at the Home of Hope on Tuggle Road in Buford at 11 a.m.
Kemp signed SB33, SB34, and HB 287 which will "continue the work of GRACE Commission," his office said in a news release.
He unveiled his legislative push to fight human trafficking back in January. The GRACE (Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education) Commission, headed by the first lady Marty Kemp, has been a central pillar of that effort, identifying areas where the state can take steps to improve the situation.
He was joined by Marty and other state and local leaders such as Sen. Clint Dixon, Rep. Josh Bonner, Rep. Bonnie Rich, Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, representatives from Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, representatives from Home of Hope, representatives from Girl Scout Troop 13560, and others.
In 2018, the National Human Trafficking Hotline ranked Georgia fourth in human labor trafficking.
Any Georgian with information or suspicions of human trafficking should call the statewide hotline at 1-866-ENDHTGA. Trained law enforcement agents, advocates, and first responders are available 24/7 to answer calls.