• AG Tom Horne Launches Campaign against Underage Sex Trafficking

    aznotbuyingit Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne unveils a new public awareness campaign targeting underage sex trafficking: Arizona’s Not Buying It.   Arizona’s Not Buying It; a collaborative project between the Attorney General’s office, valley law enforcement, prominent local sports figures and the Phoenix mayor’s office, was launched to coincide with HB 2454 which went into effect Thursday, July 24th. HB 2454 increases penalties against traffickers and Johns, addresses online trafficking advertisements and creates criminal and civil penalties, and recognizes minor victims of human trafficking as victims under the law.

    “Our youth, and they are mostly female, are being victimized by abusers who sell their “victims” for financial gain. One of the ways to impact this [underage sex trafficking] is to follow the money trail.” said Attorney General Tom Horne. According to the FBI, high-profile special events, which draw large crowds (such as sporting events) have become lucrative opportunities for child prostitution criminal enterprises.

    The  public awareness campaign’s website, http://aznotbuyingit.org/, provides some startling statistics on the problem of underage sex trafficking and ways that the public may identify and help stop this form of child abuse. Towards that end, they have created two PSA announcements featuring Kurt and Brenda Warner, Jason Rowley, President Phoenix Suns, Anthony LeBLanc, President, CEO Phoenix Coyotes and Derrick Hall President, CEO Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Please take the time to view the Arizonas Not Buying It PSA so that you identify and help stop this form of child abuse. Help spread this important information. Please share and tweet #arizonasnotbuyingit

  • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to Feds: Stop Transporting Illegal Immigrants to AZ

    Citing Federal Statutes, Potential Legal Action if Shipping of Undocumented Families Continues

    Phoenix, AZ (Thursday, June 12, 2014) — Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is today formally demanding that the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately cease and desist transporting adult immigrants and their families from other states such as Texas, into Arizona. Citing federal statutes – 8 U.S.C. § 1103(a)(5) and 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii) – in a letter, the Department of Homeland Security has been told to stop abandoning men, women and children in Arizona.

    “In the past two weeks, the Department of Homeland Security has transported, and continues to transport, a significant number of illegal immigrants from other states into Arizona,” said Attorney General Tom Horne. “Men, women and children left at bus terminals in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees with nothing more than instructions to report to the nearest ICE office within 15 days, posing significant health and safety risks both for the people being abandoned and the communities in which they are being stranded, is not acceptable.”

    Horne continued, “Not only were these inadvisable and irresponsible actions done without notifying Arizona officials, but DHS has yet to explain why it is apprehending aliens in Texas, moving them some 1200 miles and simply releasing them in our state. There does not appear to be any lawful authority for such actions, and I am demanding it immediately stops. In the meantime, my office is aggressively looking into what legal remedies are available to allow for a federal lawsuit.”

    Additionally, the Attorney General has requested that the DHS furnish the following information as soon as possible:

    The number of aliens transported to Arizona from Texas and left at bus stations since May 1, 2014;
    The steps DHS took to ensure that none of these aliens were in need of medical treatment and that all of them were inoculated against communicable diseases;
    The steps DHS took to ensure that none of these aliens were convicted criminals or engaged in smuggling or human trafficking at the time of their apprehension;
    The steps DHS took to ensure that these aliens had sufficient financial and other means to avoid exploitation or the need for intervention by Arizona public officials in order to protect their safety and welfare; and
    The steps DHS is taking to monitor their whereabouts and/or ensure that they will report to ICE offices for processing as instructed before they were released.
    The letter sent to the United States Department of Homeland Security is attached.

    Letter to Department of Homeland Security

  • Attorney General Tom Horne Announces New Program to Help Disabled Veterans Stay in Their Homes

    Attorney General Tom Horne Awards “Housing Opportunity for Service Disabled Veterans” Program Contracts From National Mortgage Settlement Funds

    New Program Designed to Help Disabled Veterans Stay in Their Homes

    Phoenix, AZ (Thursday, July 17, 2014) – Attorney General Tom Horne today announced the award of over $2.5 million to fund loans to veterans with service-connected disabilities for accessibility and related improvements to their homes. The “Housing Opportunity for Service Disabled Veterans” program is funded by the national mortgage settlement reached with the nation’s five largest mortgage loan servicers (Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo).

    Two year contracts were awarded to Habitat for Humanity Tucson to serve individuals in Pima County, and Maricopa County Human Services to serve individuals in Maricopa County.

    The new program will help veterans with service-connected disabilities who own homes, stay in their homes by providing up to a $65,000 loan to make needed accessibility and other improvements. Eligible individuals are veterans who cannot afford both the mortgage and the cost of accessibility improvements, putting them at risk of foreclosure.

    The “Housing Opportunity for Service Disabled Veterans” program is part of an array of programs and direct consumer support funded through the National Mortgage Settlement funds administered through the Attorney General’s Office. In addition to assistance to veterans, the Attorney General’s Office has awarded contracts for housing counseling, legal services, a loan fund program, relocation assistance and job training. More information about the mortgage settlement programs is available at www.azmortgageresource.gov.

    Program Information

    The “Housing Opportunity for Service Disabled Veterans” program announced today is expected to launch in early August.

    Questions for Habitat for Humanity Tucson, www.habitattucson.org, may be directed to T Van Hook, Executive Director at (520) 270-8143.

    Questions for Maricopa County Human Services, www.hsd.maricopa.gov, may be directed to Amy Jacobson, Assistant Director – Community Development, (602) 372-1528.

    Arizona Attorney General’s Office

    People with questions regarding the mortgage settlements or who wish to file a consumer complaint can visit the Arizona Attorney General’s office website at www.azag.gov, contact us by email at mortgagefraud@azag.gov, or by phone at 602-542-1797 or 1-855-256-2834 (outside Phoenix area). To learn more about the national mortgage settlement programs, visit www.azmortgageresource.gov.

  • Tom Horne Defends Against Fed Overreach on Behalf of AZ Voters

    Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is today announcing that Arizona has won a significant victory in the legal battle to require voters to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship as mandated by Arizona law.

    Arizona joined Kansas in a federal lawsuit against the Federal Election Assistance Commission, which had denied requests by both states to vary the federal election registration form to include proof of citizenship. The court ruled today that the Election Assistance Commission exceeded its authority in denying those requests, and ordered the Commission to help Arizona and Kansas enforce their voter identification laws.

    “I personally argued this case, before the United States Supreme Court. The language of that Supreme Court case dictated today’s result in the District Court. The victory was really won at the level of the United States Supreme Court. There’s been a media cover-up of the seriousness of voter fraud in Arizona. In an earlier trial, a Federal District Judge in Arizona found that voter fraud is a serious problem in Arizona.”

    Horne continued: “Today’s decision is an important victory for the people of Arizona against the Obama Administration, assuring that only Arizona residents and not illegal immigrants, vote in Arizona elections.”

  • Meet Tom in Prescott Tonight

    If you are in the vicinity tonight (7/24)  Please stop by the Prescott Resort and say “Hi!” I’ll be there along with several candidates for a forum from 6-9pm.

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