State of Nevada Executive Order - Executive Department


Order Establishing the Nevada Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

WHEREAS, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that occurs in every state, including the State of Nevada;

WHEREAS, Nevada is one of the states most affected by human trafficking with reports of hundreds of calls to the national hotline annually;

WHEREAS, Nevada is a major destination for those who seek to sexually exploit children;

WHEREAS, mobilizing all available resources in Nevada to stop all human trafficking, aid its victims, and bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice is vital to the interest of State, county, local, tribal, and federal agencies, as well as children's advocates, juvenile justice partners, and the residents of and visitors to Nevada;

WHEREAS, Public Law 113-183 (Sections 101-105), enacted by the United States Congress, amends the federal foster care system to require state child welfare agencies, in collaboration with law enforcement, juvenile justice systems, health care providers, education agencies, and organizations with experience in dealing with at-risk children to develop and implement procedures for identifying, documenting in agency records, and determining appropriate services for children who are victims of sex trafficking or at risk of victimization;

WHEREAS, I, as the Governor of the State of Nevada, along with the Nevada Supreme Court, and the Office of the Nevada Attorney General recognize the immediate need to address this crime and help the victims, especially those who are children;

WHEREAS, representatives from Nevada recently participated in the National Summit on Human Trafficking in New York and the National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare at the White House and developed a joint action plan;

WHEREAS, there exists a need for improved coordinated responses to human trafficking throughout our State; and

WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides: "The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada."

NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada and the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
  1. The Nevada Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual· Exploitation of Children (the Coalition) is hereby established.
  2. The Coalition shall be headed by one person directly appointed by the Governor, who shall serve as Chair.
  3. The Administrator of the Division of Child and Family Services shall serve as Co-Chair, and shall coordinate all of the administrative support for the Coalition, including convening the first meeting.
  4. The Chair and Co-Chair of the Coalition, in coordination and consultation with each other, shall identify and appoint members to serve on the Coalition, which shall include one or more representatives from the following entities:
    • Deputy Administrator of the Division of Child and Family Services Juvenile Services.
    • Coordinator of the Court Improvement Program.
    • Judges from northern and southern Nevada dependency courts, juvenile courts, and/or rural district courts.
    • Office of the Nevada Attorney General.
    • Nevada State Assembly.
    • Nevada State Senate.
    • State and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Nevada Department of Public Safety.
    • County District Attorney's Offices.
    • County Public Defender's Offices and/or the Nevada State Public Defender.
    • Local Departments of Family Services or Social Services.
    • Nevada Trucking Association.
    • Non-profit legal aid center.
    • Nevada Department of Education.
    • Nevada Indian Tribe.
    • Community-based organizations that provide services to child sex trafficking victims.
    • Nevada System of Higher Education.
    • Mental health service providers.
    • Victims and/or family members of victims of child sex trafficking.
    • Any other person as determined necessary by the Chair and Co-Chair.
  5. The Coalition shall prepare a comprehensive Statewide Strategic Plan and recommendations on how to address the Sex Trafficking Provisions of Public Law 113-183, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Aligning efforts by promoting strategic and coordinated services for victims at the State, county, local, and tribal levels.
    • Improving understanding by expanding and coordinating child sex trafficking-related research, data, and evaluations to support evidence-based victim services.
    • Expanding access to services by providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to increase victim identification and expand the availability of services.
    • Improving outcomes by promoting effective, culturally-appropriate, trauma-informed services that improves the short- and long-term health, safety, and well-being of child victims.
    • Developing public awareness campaigns to better inform communities across Nevada about the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  6. Members of the Coalition shall receive no compensation for their service, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Chair and Co-Chair.
  7. The Coalition shall establish procedural bylaws to aid in the performance of its duties.
  8. The Coalition, at the direction of the Chair and Co-Chair, may form subcommittees comprised of at least one Coalition member and one or more non-member experts to aid in the performance of its duties, including,"but not limited to, the following:
    • Coordination, consultation, collaboration, engagement, identification, and assessment of sex trafficking victims.
    • Data collection, analysis, and sharing among partner agencies and organizations.
    • Victim care coordination, training, and prevention.
    • Any other subcommittee as determined necessary by the Chair and Co-Chair.
  9. The Coalition shall meet at the discretion and direction of the Chair and Co-Chair, but no fewer than four (4) times per year.
  10. The Coalition shall provide an annual report of its activities on or before October 1 each year to the Governor, the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, and the Nevada Attorney General.
  11. The Division of Child and Family Services shall provide all administrative support for the Coalition.
  12. Any meetings conducted by the Coalition or any subcommittees thereof shall be subject to the Nevada Open Meeting Law set forth in Chapter 241 of the Nevada Revised Statutes.
  13. All records documenting the work of the Coalition shall be retained and transferred to the State Archives for permanent retention in accordance with the State record retention policy.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 31st day of  May, in the year two thousand  sixteen.

Official Nevada State Seal          Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson