GREENSBORO — A congressional subcommittee on security matters plans to hold a hearing in downtown next week focused on ways to combat human trafficking.
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the Guilford County Board of Commissioners’ second-floor meeting room at the Old County Courthouse, 301 W. Market St.
U.S. Rep. Mark Walker of Greensboro, who represents the 6th District, serves as the lead Republican congressman on the subcommittee, an arm of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security.
Details are pending, but county officials said they understand the hearing will be open to the general public.
The hearing will focus on “tackling human trafficking: assessing federal, state and local information sharing efforts,” according to the committee’s website.
The hearing brought a new dimension to Tuesday’s workday for Robin Keller, the clerk to the Board of Commissioners, who was working with her counterpart in Washington on preparations for next week’s hearing.
The tasks included making sure that the board’s chambers had the proper equipment so the hearing can be televised, she said. (It does.)
“I think this is the first time we have ever been able to host one of these,” Keller said of the congressional hearing.
Beyond Greensboro being Walker’s hometown, it was not clear why the city was chosen. Witnesses have yet to be announced.
Jack Minor, Walker’s communication director and deputy chief of staff, said Tuesday afternoon that subcommittee protocol prevented him from releasing more details about the hearing until several remaining, final details were worked out.
The subcommittee is chaired by U.S. Rep. Max Rose, a New York Democrat.
Other Democrats on the subcommittee include Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, James Langevin of Rhode Island, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.
In addition to Walker, GOP congressmen on the panel are U.S. Reps. Peter King of New York, Mark Green of Tennessee and Mike Rogers of Alabama.