Sep. 08, 2023

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87th District Unites to Combat Human Trafficking

This week, I partnered with Greenlight Operation, a local anti-human trafficking nonprofit to spread awareness and share valuable information with the community.

We first held a roundtable discussion with the president of Greenlight Operation; local law enforcement; pediatric care providers; hospitality industry professionals; municipal and federal elected officials; the offices of the Cumberland County District Attorney and state Attorney General; and others to share information to boost stakeholder awareness and response to human trafficking issues in Cumberland County.

Later, we hosted a community workshop that addressed how the public can protect themselves and others from becoming victims of human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a major issue in our community, and we must do more to combat these abhorrent crimes. The first step to preventing human trafficking is to raise public awareness and educate people about the warning signs of trafficking. Collaboration between local, state and federal officials is imperative to addressing this crisis and Greenlight Operation’s expertise and training workshops are a great way for the public to learn how to help combat trafficking in our community. Together, we can work to make a real difference in the lives of victims, and it is amazing to see the 87th District come together to combat human trafficking.

Greenlight Operation hosts free human trafficking seminars to schools, businesses, churches and other groups to prevent exploitation. For more information on Greenlight Operation and its important work, please visit

To see coverage of the roundtable, click on the links.

Officials discuss human trafficking prevention following massage parlor busts in Cumberland County | WHP (

Government, local officials discuss ways to end human trafficking in Central Pennsylvania (

Town Hall Next Week

Remembering September 11, 2001

This Monday marks the 22nd anniversary of one of the worst days in our nation’s history. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men and women were killed in devastating terrorist attacks in New York; Washington, D.C.; and Pennsylvania, including more than 400 first responders.

Those we lost on Sept. 11 will be honored and remembered in observances all across the country this weekend, including one at Pennsylvania’s own Flight 93 Memorial, near the site where one of the four planes hijacked that day crashed. The remembrance program will begin at 9:50 a.m. and will be streamed live here.
Be Prepared!

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and this year the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is placing special focus on ensuring older adults are prepared for natural disasters or other emergencies.

According to the American Red Cross, there are several factors that make older adults more vulnerable after disasters, including their greater likelihood to suffer from chronic conditions and the need for associated medications; greater reliance on assistive devices such as walkers or glasses, as well as support from caregivers and others; and greater potential of social isolation.

Click here for tips to help older adults prepare for emergencies.
Aging Needs Assessment Survey

In its ongoing work to gather feedback for development of its Master Plan for Older Adults, the state Department of Aging has launched a survey to help people share their experience on what it means to age in Pennsylvania.

The survey is designed to capture the experience of older adults and adults with disabilities across a wide range of issues to ensure the statewide, 10-year plan can best address barriers in the service system. The goal is to ensure older Pennsylvanians and adults with disabilities have access to services that support improved health, well-being and quality of life.  

Click here to participate in the survey.