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Pound Ridge Candidate Leads Effort On Human Trafficking

Ali Boak, Pound Ridge Democratic candidate for Town Supervisor (second from left) with Peter Harckham, County Board of Legislators; Phil Goldstein, Westchester County Social Services, and Steven Vandervelden, Westchester County DA's office.
Ali Boak, Pound Ridge Democratic candidate for Town Supervisor (second from left) with Peter Harckham, County Board of Legislators; Phil Goldstein, Westchester County Social Services, and Steven Vandervelden, Westchester County DA's office. Photo Credit: Contributed by Ali Boak
Ali Boak, second from right, meets Lisa Gharety Ogundimu from the Office of Children and Family Services, Madeline Hannan, IOFA Project Director, 
Lynn Baniak, Analyst OCFS, Tina Frundt, Founder of Courtney’s House, and Deanna Croce, Safe Horizons.
Ali Boak, second from right, meets Lisa Gharety Ogundimu from the Office of Children and Family Services, Madeline Hannan, IOFA Project Director, Lynn Baniak, Analyst OCFS, Tina Frundt, Founder of Courtney’s House, and Deanna Croce, Safe Horizons.

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Pound Ridge Town Supervisor candidate Ali Boak is helping lead an effort to build awareness of human trafficking.

The Democratic candidate is co-founder and president of the International Organization for Adolescents and as a "longtime advocate for adolescent health, she is an international expert on the issue of child trafficking," according to a press release. Boak is joining the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to "develop a blueprint to build awareness about human trafficking," according to the release.

"She has been integral in developing a strategic, statewide response called ChildRight: New York," representatives said in the release. "The program provides crucial training to police and social workers in five counties—including Westchester—who may come into contact with trafficked children. These child welfare workers play a huge role in identifying sex and labor trafficking, and in getting children who are victims the help they need."

Boak said she was looking forward to working with the state in the release.

“I’m thrilled that New York State is setting an example for other states by developing this response to identify trafficked children,” Boak said in the release. “ChildRight: New York will help service providers who come to their rescue by assisting and supporting these vulnerable youth.”

Ali Boak, Pound Ridge Democratic candidate for Town Supervisor (second from left) with Peter Harckham, County Board of Legislators; Phil Goldstein, Westchester County Social Services, and Steven Vandervelden, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Organized Crime Bureau.