For Immediate Release: 6/5/2014 12:00 AM

Contact: Gillie Haynes 301.952.5949

Council Joins Worldwide Rallying Cry to #BringBackOurGirls
The Prince George’s County Council voted to adopt CR-54-2014 on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, joining the international condemnation of Boko Haram, a militant group claiming responsibility for the abduction of 276 Nigerian girls from their boarding school on April 14.
While it has been reported that some of the girls escaped, more than 200 of them are still in captivity.  CR-54-2014, also calls for the rescue of the kidnapped girls still missing. Human rights groups say the girls could be used for human trafficking, or made available as wives to Boko Haram militants. 
The County Council adopted legislation last year, CR-74-2013, creating a Human Trafficking Task Force in Prince George’s County.   Proposer of the legislation, Council Member Karen R. Toles (D) – District 7, says this is an issue of concern worldwide and in Prince George’s County.
“The kidnapping of these 276 young girls in Nigeria draws even more attention to the appalling nature of human trafficking and the critical importance of our support for their safe return to their families. Our mission is to advocate on behalf of safe communities for children in Prince George’s County, Nigeria and around the world.”
The Human Trafficking Task Force Chair and Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission Executive Director, Michael Lyles, Esq. applauds the Council action. 
“The County’s Human Relations Commission and all the County agencies, volunteers and partners working with the Prince George’s County Human Trafficking Task Force wholeheartedly support the recently passed Council Resolution CR-54-2014, denouncing human trafficking in Prince George’s County and across the world, and the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls.  We stand with the Council in joining the worldwide rallying cry to #Bring Back Our Girls; and thank them for their leadership and unwavering commitment to fighting human trafficking and supporting human and civil rights.”  
CR-54-2014 also supports the social media #BringBackOurGirls  campaign that has raised awareness among County residents and around the world about the kidnapping and need to rescue these Nigerian schoolgirls, and about human trafficking.