Public Hearing on Labor Trafficking

Nov 21
Public Hearing on Labor Trafficking
10 a.m.-4:00 p.m., San Diego Central Library, San Diego, CA
Public Hearing
  • Agenda


    PDF version of agenda available here (recommended for printing and downloading)




    Public Hearing on Labor Trafficking
    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    Shiley Special Events Suite, 9th Floor, San Diego Central Library
    330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 


    Public Hearing: 10 a.m.

    Introductory Comments

    1. Toni Atkins, President pro Tempore, California Senate


    Perspectives from Labor Trafficking Survivors and Service Providers

    2. Angela Guanzon, Survivor Advocate (Written Testimony)

    3. Renuka Zellars, Survivor Advocate

    4. Jamie Beck, President and Managing Attorney, Free to Thrive (Written Testimony)


    15 Minute Break


    Introduction to Labor Trafficking

    5. Colleen Owens, founder and CEO of THE WHY; former Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute (Written Testimony, Supplement to Written Testimony)

    6. Kathleen Kim, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School (Written Testimony)


    Lunch Break


    Hearing Reconvenes: 1:30 p.m.

    Lessons from the field: How local governments are combatting Labor Trafficking

    7. Summer Stephan, District Attorney, San Diego County (Written Testimony)

    8. Nancy O’Malley, District Attorney, Alameda County (Written Testimony)

    9. Lynette Gonzales, Deputy District Attorney, Fresno County (Written Testimony)

    10. Anh Truong, Supervising Attorney, Sex & Labor Trafficking Unit, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office (Written Testimony)


    15 Minute Break


    Looking Ahead: What is Needed to Strengthen California’s Response to Labor Trafficking?

    11. Kay Buck, Chief Executive Officer, The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (Written Testimony, Supplement to Written Testimony)

    12. Jean Bruggeman, Executive Director, The Freedom Network USA (Written Testimony)


    Public Comments


    The hearing is open to the public, although the Commission requests that those attending register at

  • Public Notice

    November 7, 2019

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meetings


    On Thursday, November 21, 2019, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on California state government’s role in identifying and combatting labor trafficking and assisting victims/survivors of this type of crime. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in the Shiley Special Events Suite located on the 9th floor of the San Diego Central Library at 330 Park Blvd in San Diego. The hearing will break at approximately 12:30 p.m. for lunch and the Commission’s business meeting in the Commission Room on the 9th floor of the San Diego Central Library. It expects to conclude the business meeting at approximately 1:30 p.m., at which time it will reconvene the hearing on labor trafficking in the Shiley Special Events Suite.

    The Commission may act on any item listed on the hearing or business meeting agenda. Times are approximate and subject to change. Agenda items may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The meeting may be cancelled without notice.  

    The hearing is open to the public, although the Commission requests that those attending register at Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on any item on the Commission’s hearing and business meeting agendas.

    The Commission welcomes written comments on its study topics at any point during the study; please email written comments to The Commission also welcomes written comments on any item on its business meeting agenda; please email business meeting comments by 12 p.m. on November 14, 2019, to

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or by Monday, November 18, 2019.