Judge Millenacker is best known for her work on the problem of the sex trafficking.
As part of her ongoing commitment to the administration of justice, she has been in the forefront of dealing with the issue of sex trafficking of minors. Soon after she began serving as a judge in juvenile court, she realized that many of the young people appearing before her were victims of traffickers and pimps. These incredibly vulnerable children – some as young as 11 or 12 – were in fact victims, something not always recognized by law enforcement or social service providers. Judge Millenacker began making sure that these young victims were assigned to one judge who knew their circumstances and provide consistency in the handling of their cases. She began working with prosecutors, social workers, law enforcement, the families of these victims, and even representatives of the hospitality industry to educate people about recognizing trafficking and ensuring that these young victims received the services and support they need.
In 2015, Judge Millenacker attended a White House Summit on Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth as a member of the Minnesota Delegation examining the importance of collaboration between courts, child welfare agencies, law enforcement, and non-governmental agencies. She was also invited by Minnesota Chief Justice Lori Gildea to attend the October 2015 meeting of the Conference of State Supreme Court Chief Justices to speak on the subject of Sex Trafficking of Exploited Youth. She looks forward to continuing this important work in the years ahead.