The Human Commodity

Marengo - ‘I know a guy’ who is spending his retirement years educating Americans on one of the ugliest sides of our nation. Michael (Mike) Ferjak has taken his law enforcement career into the darkest corners of the world to bring back victims of human trafficking. Unfortunately, some of those dark corners are much closer than we think.

Ferjak presented a program Thursday, April 25 at the Marengo Public Library that focused on educating Iowans on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Iowa and what we can do about it. The program was sponsored by the Alpha Nu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Friends of the Marengo Public Library, and the Amana Family Practice Clinic, who presented Ferjak with an award at the end of the presentation for his extreme dedication to this cause.

Michael J. Ferjak B.S., M.A., knows his stuff. A “recognized expert on human trafficking,” he has testified before the Iowa Legislature and the United States Senate as well as other governing bodies throughout the United States and Canada. The recipient of the Iowa Governor's "Golden Dome Award," the Chrysalis Foundation's "Guardian Award" and the National Commission on Enforcement and Regulation's "Distinguished Service Award" for his service as an investigator and for his leadership and service as a national trainer and consultant.

Since 1976, Ferjak has been keeping others safe, serving first as an officer on the south side of Chicago. He served in Illinois and Iowa as he progressed from Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Captain, Chief of Police, and eventually State Investigator positions. In 1998 he was recruited into the Iowa Department of Justice to serve in the recently developed Sexually Violent Predator Unit. Somewhere along the way he became an expert on Human Trafficking. Note: all of his experience cam from incidents that occurred in the Midwest.

 

For the rest of this article, check out the May 1st issue of the Keota Eagle.

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