TOPEKA, Kan.--A former Kansas legislator will lead the efforts of the newly created Anti-Human Trafficking Unit in the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
Pat Colloton, Leawood, will lead the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit as an Assistant Attorney General. She will coordinate with law enforcement and prosecutors to help implement the new law and will work with state agencies and service providers to expand the scope of services for the victims of human trafficking. Colloton will also serve as chair of the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board.
“Pat is an accomplished attorney with an outstanding record of public service,” Schmidt said. “As a legislator, Pat was on the forefront of anti-human trafficking and public safety issues. We are delighted she has chosen to continue her work on these issues as a part of our team.”
The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit was created by the 2013 Kansas Legislature, and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback in April as part of a comprehensive anti-human trafficking bill. The legislation was proposed by Governor Brownback and Attorney General Schmidt in January. It was developed through more than a year of discussions with many interested parties throughout the state as part of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board.
Colloton is an attorney. She was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004 where she served four terms and was Chair of the House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice. Pat serves on the executive committee of the Council of State Governments Justice Center and is immediate past chair of its board of directors. Colloton received her bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin. She lives in Leawood with her husband, Patrick.