Marian Hatcher has been with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for 10 years. Recently promoted to Project Manager for the Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Programs, she is also the Human Trafficking Coordinator and member of the Human Trafficking Response Team. She coordinates several of CCSO’s anti-trafficking efforts such as the “National Day of Johns Arrests,” a nationwide effort with more than 59 participating law enforcement agencies (including the FBI) targeting the buyers of sex as the driving force of sex trafficking and prostitution. As a national expert on combating the demand for commercial sex, she has testified before the Illinois and Colorado legislatures, has been featured in the OWN documentary Prostitution: Leaving the Life which focused on her work as a Survivor Advocate and most recently the Ink 180 Documentary. She has spoken at several conferences nationwide and consulted on training projects for Demand Abolition and Shared Hope Internationals Gang TRAP series.
In December 2013, the FBI awarded her for outstanding assistance with their investigative efforts. In April 2014 DePaul University awarded her the Helen F. McGillicuddy Award for her work in the Advancement of Women and Gender Rights. Most recently she is a 2014 recipient of Shared Hope International’s Path Breaker Award, presented to individuals who have dedicated themselves to tackling the demand that drives domestic minor sex trafficking. The recipients represent the multi-pronged approach required to combat demand: prevention, restoration and justice. In July 2014 her article “Ten Years and Counting” was published in Police Chief Magazine as a companion article to a piece written by her employer Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, both focused on human trafficking. Ms. Hatcher received her BS from Loyola University in 1985 concentrating on Finance. Her previous experience includes working at three major corporations.