Marian Hatcher serves as Senior Project Manager and Human Trafficking Coordinator at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. In her role with the Cook County Sheriff’s office, Hatcher coordinates several anti-trafficking efforts, including the National Johns Suppression Initiative (NJSI), which targets buyers of sex, the driving force of sex trafficking and prostitution. With Hatcher’s help, the NJSI has become a nationwide annual effort including more than 80 arresting agencies and nearly 200 partners. The NJSI to-date has resulted in 5,894 johns arrests.
Hatcher is an expert on sex trafficking. In addition to sitting on numerous boards, she has facilitated important training on trafficking and prostitution for various law enforcement groups including the F.B.I. and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She has traveled the country speaking at various events and conference, shedding light on the prevalent issue of trafficking and telling her own story, a remarkable story that is.
After finding success in the corporate world post-college, Hatcher’s life descended into the depths of drug addiction, eventually becoming a victim of trafficking and domestic violence, losing everything in the process. She eventually found herself in the custody of the very law enforcement organization in which she is now employed, at the Cook County Jail. After completing a 120-day drug treatment program offered by the Sheriff’s office and necessary probation afterward, Hatcher went to work for the Sheriff’s office, working to make sure what happened to her doesn’t happen to other women.
Hatcher is now 13 years clean and a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.