Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Jan 02 2013
As members of the Washington Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, the Attorney General's Office urges you to join our team in reducing underage drinking and helping kids find safer, healthier alternatives. For tips on how you can help reduce youth exposure to alcohol, check out the latest op-ed by RUAD co-chairs, Michael Langer of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and Sharon Foster of the Liquor Control Board.
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.
May 09 2012
A letter signed by 38 state and territorial Attorneys General, including Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, today urges 10 movie studios to adopt policies to eliminate tobacco depictions in youth-rated movies.
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
The News Tribune's "Lights & Sirens" blog has one of the latest example of minors advertised on the online classified site Backpage.com.
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.
Nov 07 2011
Gannett News service reports on another case of a teen arrested in a Backpage.com-related crime
Oct 25 2011
We totally agree with 36 prominent clergy members who today appealed to Village Voice Media “to end the sex trafficking of girls and boys made possible by its Web site, Backpage.com.” 
Jun 20 2011
In the ongoing fight against sexual crimes against children, a Seattle man was sentenced to 17 years, 6 months in prison after admitting to possessing child pornography and molesting a child.