Implement a coordinated community response to identify, prevent, and eliminate human trafficking in the Tri-County area.
Support mandated reporters, law enforcement, and providers to identify and serve trafficking victims.
Engage sustainable and sufficient resources to empower those victimized to be thriving community members.
Human trafficking is a dynamic issue requiring action on the part of multiple actors. Law enforcement, social service providers, non-profits, and community members all play key roles in the identification, prevention, and elimination of human trafficking. Established in 2018, the Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force works to bring entities together in a collaborative response to this issue.
The Task Force is organized into 8 subcommittees: Education, Law Enforcement, Legal Innovations, Child Direct Services, Adult Direct Services, Healthcare, Faith-Based, and Research. Each one of these subcommittees works to employ a different facet of the community in response to human trafficking.
About Human Trafficking
What is Human Trafficking?
An estimated 40.3 million individuals are subject to human trafficking worldwide.
International Labour Organization, 2016
Human Trafficking is defined as:
Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery (USDOS, 2019).