Honored to be profiled by Georgia Trend Magazine
It was a privilege for me to sit down and speak with Susan Percy for the June edition of Georgia Trend Magazine. Susan and I cover a wide range of topics from my background that led me to the Attorney General’s office, to my vision for Georgia future. We discussed how excited I am to transition from running campaigns like Senator Johnny Isakson’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2003-04, to being the candidate the voters can choose. When we talked about my current priorities in the office, I was glad to be able to show some results to my office’s efforts to protect the people of Georgia.
“In terms of priorities,” Carr says,”We’ll continue efforts relating to human trafficking, prescription drug abuse and opiates, and open government.” But he has at least one issue of his own to add, elder abuse.
Earlier this year, he was named to the Human Trafficking Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG); and during the 2017 General Assembly session, he lent his support to HB 341, which strengthens efforts to prosecute traffickers and broadens the definition of trafficking to include patronizing and soliciting. The bill passed easily, with bipartisan support, in both the House and Senate.
“The Georgia General Assembly has taken a strong stand for human trafficking victims and a strong stand against perpetrators,” Carr said after the bill’s passage. “We remain confident that this bill will serve as a powerful deterrent for anyone who thinks they can engage in this modern-day slavery in our state.”
A big part of fighting human traffickers, Carr believes, is raising public awareness of the prevalence of trafficking. It is a huge problem in Georgia.
“The Super Bowl, the Final Four – all those things coming to Georgia that we are rightfully proud of – we have to realize predators will take advantage of them,” he says. The same logistical attributes that bring business – an international airport and an efficient system of roads and highways – make the state appealing to traffickers.
“Right after I took office, I went to a convention of state attorneys general, and Vernon Keenan [Georgia Bureau of Investigation director] and others from Georgia made a presentation on elder abuse. I learned a lot that I hadn’t known, especially about issues of financial risk and theft – not just from caregivers, but from family members and strangers.”
Those include identity theft and scams that bilk trusting seniors of their money, persuading them by various means – fraudulent phone calls, faked personal appeals – that a family member needs help when that isn’t so.
“We have an obligation to protect those most at risk,” Carr says, promising “zero tolerance” for offenders. “It’s not just in poor neighborhoods – Vernon says scams happen in Athens, Buckhead, Cobb County.” His office is currently prosecuting a case, in conjunction with the local district attorney, against a Cherokee County man who stole nearly $90,000 from his adoptive father, including funds from a reverse mortgage that he had helped obtain and used some of that to purchase a BMW.