Aug 24, 2021
Ron Huber and Annette Cox, Office of US Attorney
Human Trafficking - A Community Response

Human trafficking is a crime that is perpetrated all over the United States and the world. Over 10,000 children between ages 13 and 17 are being trafficked around the world each year, though this is not even the largest group of victims. Charlottesville and Central Virginia are not immune to this heinous criminal industry. Our featured speakers this week will discuss: 1) what is human trafficking, 2) what does it look like in our community, 3) who are the victims, and 4) what can our citizenry do to help.

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 29 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, and has the national designation of advanced advocate for crime victims. 

Ron Huber is the Managing Assistant US Attorney for the Western District of Virginia which covers Charlottesville and surrounding area, and the entirely of the Shenandoah Valley. 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, and oversite of other prosecutors in his division. 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 served as the Director of the Prosecution Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law where he was an adjunct professor from 2006 to 2019.  He graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in 1989 and Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in economics in 1984.