Attorney General Knudsen Creates Public-Private Partnership to Combat Human Trafficking

HELENA, Mont. – Attorney General Austin Knudsen today announced the details of the “Sentinel Project”at a Press Conference alongside the Montana Beer and Wine Distributors Association and the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Sentinel Project establishes a partnership between the Department of Justice, the Montana Beer and Wine Distributors Association, and the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police in the battle against human trafficking in Montana.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen released the following statement at the Ceremony:

“The Department of Justice’s Highway Patrol troopers, criminal investigators, and prosecutors are all-in on the fight against human trafficking but it’s going to take our entire state coming together to help victims and put an end to this heinous crime,” said Attorney General Knudsen. “The Montana Beer and Wine Distributor’s Association drivers, merchandisers, and salespeople are the boots on the ground in our communities, day in and day out.  Their efforts to identify and report signs of human trafficking will aid law enforcement tremendously in this fight.”

There is no cause worthier of fighting for than working to keep all Montanans safe, and the MTGOP is proud to support the Attorney General in this critical mission.

As part of the Sentinel Project, beer and wine distribution employees statewide have participated in the awareness training, and all MBWDA and DOJ employees will be equipped with contact information to alert both authorities and our statewide human trafficking hotline, 1-833-406-STOP, if they spot suspicious behaviors.