In 2019, CJCC received a dual grant award of $1,700,000 through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office for Victims of Crime to coordinate the efforts of the Georgia Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking Task Force (GCCHT). The Core Partners of the GCCHT Task Force grant project are the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Wellspring Living, Tapestri, and Children's Advocacy Centers of Georgia (CACGA). The grant period is October 1, 2019-September 30, 2022.
The Georgia Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking (GCCHT) is the first statewide law enforcement-based task force addressing all forms of human trafficking: domestic minor sex trafficking, adult sex trafficking and labor trafficking. This three-year grant project will work to enhance the statewide response in addressing and combating human trafficking within the state. The core partners will conduct a statewide project to coordinate human trafficking protocol development; to create victim advocacy; law enforcement and prosecutor training; and to provide technical assistance to new and existing human trafficking initiatives throughout the state. All victims of human trafficking in Georgia are the target population for the proposed project. The ultimate outcome of this project is to create a unified, statewide, and consistent response from law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim services providers within human trafficking cases. Secondary outcomes include: an increase in access to victim services; an increase in offender accountability; and an increase in knowledge and skills for victim services and criminal justice system stakeholders to appropriately respond in a coordinated manner to human trafficking in the state of Georgia.
Coalition Task Force Purpose Statement:
The purpose of the GCCHT Task Force is to provide leadership, direction, and support to partners in building capacity and developing infrastructure for the development of best practices in the response to human trafficking cases in Georgia. The GCCHT Task Force’s comprehensive and inclusive focus will enhance Georgia’s commitment to the strong enforcement of laws and prosecution of cases involving human trafficking of all types, as well as the promotion of training and a coordinated response, which will better equip the criminal justice system to hold offenders accountable. The GCCHT Task Force shall achieve this objective through monthly and quarterly meetings throughout the project period, at which members review data, cases, model protocols, model training curricula and research on human trafficking, and offer recommendations for adapting these model and template resources for Georgia. The ultimate goal of the GCCHT Task Force is to combat these crimes effectively and efficiently, while supporting victims.
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