The Mission of the Coalition is to build and support consistent collaboration between Law Enforcement, Victim Service Providers, and State agencies while strengthening the victim-centered and trauma-informed approach to combat all forms of human trafficking so that victims are safe, and offenders are held accountable.
The GA Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking Task Force includes representatives from state, local, federal government, law enforcement, victim service providers, and non-governmental organizations who work together to build and support consistent collaboration between law enforcement, victim service providers, and state agencies while strengthening the victim- centered and trauma informed approach to combat all forms of human trafficking so that victims are safe, and offenders are held accountable.
The Georgia Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking Task Force works collaboratively to eradicate human trafficking throughout the state of Georgia. Additionally, the Coalition has five subcommittees based on the five goals of the Coalition (Law Enforcement and Prosecution, Victim Services, Training, Public Awareness and Community Outreach and Strategic Planning, Policy and Legislation). These Subcommittees create and implement projects and programs directed specifically at the goal of each Subcommittees. Apart from the monthly subcommittee meetings, the entire Coalition meets on a quarterly basis and is comprised of representatives from state, local, federal government, law enforcement, victim service providers, and non-governmental organizations.
The GCCHT Task Force Coordinator will utilize the Office for Victims of Crime, Technical Training and Assistance Center’s Human Trafficking Task Force E-Guide to steer the formation of the Task Force.
Using the Core Team Model, subcommittees in the following areas will be created: 1) law enforcement and prosecution, 2) victim services, 3) public awareness and community outreach, 4) training, and 5) strategic planning, protocol and legislation.
Chairpersons from each subcommittee will form the leadership team of the Task Force. The membership of the GCCHT Task Force will primarily be requested from the sectors of Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Victim Service Providers, yet other state agencies and initiatives that have the potential to support the Task Force’s goals will also be considered. The GCCHT Task Force Coordinator will schedule meetings, circulate agendas and meeting notes, and serve as the main point of contact for the task force members.
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is the backbone organization of the Coalition. With the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force being the base of the Coalition, the structure of the Coalition is built on addressing the and feeding the four pilar of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership. Our board is the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit is the Chair; The Georgia Attorney General Office Human Trafficking Unit is the Co-Chair and Representatives from Wellspring Living, The Children Advocacy Center of GA and Tapesti.
· Membership is by invitation only.
All goals of the Coalition are established to create and implement projects and programs directed specifically for victims and law enforcement issues within the Coalition. Therefore, the projects and programs which are implemented through the Coalition Subcommittees will directly benefit the victims of human trafficking in Georgia.
No, the Coalition is an invitation only program based on victim and law enforcement services that serves the interest of combating the human trafficking in Georgia. The Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force is the community connection to the Coalition and opportunity for community members to join the fight against human trafficking.
Each subcommittee meets once a month on a predetermined date and time. Apart from these monthly meetings, the entire GCCHT Task Force will convene for Quarterly Meetings. Meetings will be approximately two hours in duration from 10am to 12pm. The next meeting dates for 2021 are: April 20, 2021, July 20, 2021 and November 9, 2021. The meetings will be via web conferencing through Teams.
The Coalition is an invitation only organization but please contact Victor Williams if you are interested.
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