Jun 13, 2017
Annette Cox & Ron Huber, DOJ: Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking in the Commonwealth

Both children and adults are exploited, a majority of victims are American and a smaller percentage immigrant.  Cases seem to be on the rise nation-wide and the commonwealth is not immune. We are all potentially touched by this seemingly invisible problem. This issue speaks to our club's concern with raising awareness and building strong communities where all can thrive and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Please invite guests and join your fellow Rotarians for a vital conversation.

Annette Cox manages the victim and witness assistance program for the Department of Justice, Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.  Annette is assigned as part of the federal trial team in prosecutions where there is a victim, and intentionally assigned on cases of human trafficking, vulnerable victims and the exploitation of minors.  She teaches and consults on the local, state and national level on human trafficking and victim recovery.  She supports nationally prosecutors and peers as a member of the Project Safe Childhood peer support team, and is the victim witness representative on the executive committee of the Western District of Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.  She has worked in both the state and federal criminal justice system with a combined total of 25 years of experience.  She speaks extensively on the issue of human trafficking to prosecutors, victim witness, law enforcement and service providers.  She teaches a boots on the ground approach to victim prevention and victim recovery.

Ron Huber is the Managing Assistant for the Charlottesville office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. He has served as an Assistant United States Attorney since 2008. Ron is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes, narcotics and white collar offenses. Prior to 2008, Ron served as an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for both the City of Charlottesville (1995-2007) and Albemarle County (2007-2008).  Ron also serves as the Director of the Prosecution Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law where he has been an adjunct professor since 2006. He graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in 1989 and Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in economics in 1984.