Marian Hatcher has been with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for 12 years. She is Senior Project Manager for the Office of Public Policy as well as the Human Trafficking Coordinator. She coordinates several of CCSO’s anti-trafficking efforts such as the “National Johns Suppression Initiative,” a nationwide effort with 70 arresting agencies and more than 100 partners (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, Marian has testified before the Illinois and Colorado legislatures. She has also been featured in the OWN documentary Prostitution: Leaving the Life which focused on her work as a Survivor Advocate, Midwest Emmy winning Ink 180 Documentary, and most recently Nickolas Kristofs A Path Appears which focus on her role with law enforcement. She has spoken at several conferences nationwide and consulted on training projects for Demand Abolition and Shared Hope Internationals Gang TRAP series. Marian also facilitated training for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign, I.C.E., Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Diplomatic Security Service and U.S. Dept. of State. She is also a member of a national survivor led organization, the Survivor Leadership institute (GEMS New York) as well as S.P.A.C.E International; SPACE stands for ‘Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment,’ an International forum for survivor advocacy.
In December 2013, the FBI awarded Marian 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. She was also honored by John Marshall Law School for her role in developing a sustainable legal internship on Human Trafficking with the Sheriff’s Office. In 2014, she received the 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, Marian’s 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. She is also a member of Shared Hope International’s JuST Response Expert Council and serves on their newly formed Advisory Board. She is also Coordinator for Demand Abolitions CEASE Network initiative in Cook County IL. Most recently Marian presented at the 59th convening of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations and President Carters World Summit to End Sexual Exploitation by 2025.
Marian received her BS from Loyola University in 1985 concentrating on Finance. Her previous experiences include working at three major corporations. On August 2015, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, Ambassador- At-Large and Chaplaincy from CICA International University & Seminary, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, (ECOSOC).