Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Dec 7 2012
McKenna and Attorneys General Koster and Zoeller call on Congress to take action to protect kids from being advertised for sex SEATTLE – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office yesterday settled a lawsuit filed by sex trafficking site Backpage.com against Washington state.
Nov 5 2012
OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna Friday joined with 45 other state attorneys general calling on Congress to adopt the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) by the end of the year. Among its important features, the legislation funds task forces to protect victims and prosecute traffickers. It also funds the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, which provides help to trafficking victims 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Jul 27 2012
 SEATTLE – Today Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles issued the following statements about U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo S. Martinez’s decision granting Backpage’s preliminary injunction against SB 6251:
Jul 20 2012
SEATTLE – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the King County Prosecutor’s Office today argued in defense of a state law to protect kids from being sold for sex. 
Jul 12 2012
 SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and county prosecutors from around the state this week filed their response to a lawsuit from online classified site Backpage.com.
Jun 21 2012
President of National Association of Attorneys General addressed human trafficking, mortgage crisis ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today concluded his term as president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), handing the gavel to Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler.
Jun 5 2012
SEATTLE – On May 7, Backpage.com attorney Liz MacDougall wrote in the Seattle Times that the online marketplace, which charges a dollar and up for prostitution ads, is “an ally in the fight against human trafficking.” On Monday, Backpage attorneys filed a lawsuit against the state of Washington over a first-of-its-kind law that encourages ID checks before prostitution ads are placed online.
May 22 2012
SEATTLE – The state Attorneys General investigating Backpage.com’s adult services advertisements have rejected a demand by Backpage.com that the attorneys general stop asking for the site’s adult services sections to be taken down.
May 14 2012
GRAND MOUND, Wash.—A group of young Southeast Asian American students shared their experiences as members of a Seattle film project and walked away with the Grand Prize at the 2012 Spring Youth Forum-- a $3,000 partial scholarship to an upcoming prevention leadership conference.
Mar 30 2012
SEATTLE – Standing today with two survivors of modern day slavery, the attorneys general of Washington state and Massachusetts announced that the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) will continue the fight against traffickers after McKenna steps down as the organization’s president.