Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Oct 17 2012
Another win yesterday in the fight against Medicaid fraud. In Pierce County Superior Court, Diana Esterly pled guilty and was sentenced to First degree Theft and Medicaid False Statement.
Aug 09 2012
Polaris Project, one of the top national organizations confronting modern day slavery, Tuesday announced the launch of its 2012 Annual Ratings Map on state human trafficking laws.
Aug 01 2012
Two recent arrests offer a sobering reminder of what’s at stake in the fight over so-called “adult services” advertisements.
May 22 2012
Do you believe that Backpage – the online marketplace for prostitution – is an ally in the fight against human trafficking? Imagine our surprise when we opened our copies of the Seattle Times to find Backpage attorney Liz McDougall [“Backpage.com is an ally in fight against human trafficking,” Opinion, May 7] making this jaw-dropping claim.
Apr 25 2012
ABC Television's "Nightline" program Tuesday night aired a terrific investigation into the trafficking of minors via the online classified site Backpage.com. 
Mar 15 2012
Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and 44 other Attorneys General today sent a letter to leaders in the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations committees, urging them to support federal funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program in the 2013 appropriations bill.
Mar 15 2012
The News Tribune's "Lights & Sirens" blog has one of the latest example of minors advertised on the online classified site Backpage.com.
Feb 03 2012
Who goes Indianapolis before the Super Bowl and leaves before the big game?
Dec 01 2011
This morning, Shared Hope International released its annual Protected Innocence Initiative, which grades states on their work to combat human trafficking. In the AP video covering the event, former human trafficking victim Holly Austin Smith bravely talks about her frightening experience being forced into prostitution.
Nov 09 2011
Malia Zimmerman of the Hawaii Reporter writes about teachers joining the online petition campaign against Backpage.com.