ABOUT THE TASK FORCE

Overview:

The Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force is a coalition of state, civil society, and citizen organizers committed to the prevention of human trafficking in the Greater New Orleans area through education, outreach, and collaboration. The group's primary goal is to collaborate in sharing and disseminating information, contacts, and protocols related to the existence, prevention, and response to human trafficking in and around New Orleans.

The GNOHTTF has a unique multi-disciplinary Task Force model. The Task Force is funded by a Department of Justice grant for Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking. According to the grant solicitation, the Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) is a program designed "to assist communities in developing effective and sustainable multidisciplinary task forces that will implement victim-centered and coordinated approaches to identifying victims of sex and labor trafficking, addressing the individualized needs of victims through services, and investigating and prosecuting sex and labor trafficking cases." Unlike traditional law enforcement task force models that are closed to law enforcement agencies only and  focus on investigations, the GNOHTTF funds both service providers and law enforcement agencies to create a victim-centered, trauma-informed collaborative response to victims/survivors and their needs.

The GNOHTTF also utilizes an inclusive model that encourages membership across disciplines to address the holistic needs of the Greater New Orleans community to combat human trafficking. The Task Force funds law enforcement investigations, victim/survivor services, and collaborative efforts. Members represent a diverse coalition of New Orleans area organizations, institutions, state agencies, political and religious affiliations. The group maintains a working list of service providers and organizers who address this multi-faceted issue.

Our mission is to:

  • Combat human trafficking through seamless collaboration between law enforcement and social service providers;

  • Use a victim-centered approach in proactively investigating and prosecuting human trafficking crimes; and provide comprehensive, high-quality social services to all victims of human trafficking.

Through the collaborative efforts of our task force members, we hope to see:

  • A swift and coordinated response to human trafficking, in which the rights of victims of trafficking under Louisiana and federal law are protected; and in which perpetrators are held accountable;

  • A comprehensive network of high-quality services for victims of trafficking that all victims can access as soon as they are identified in the community or by law enforcement; and systemic collaboration between service providers and law enforcement towards the common goal of combating human trafficking in our community.


 

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TASK FORCE GOALS

1. Develop and enhance a multidisciplinary human trafficking task force that implements victim centered, collaborative and sustainable approaches to identify victims of trafficking within the Greater New Orleans area.

2. Combat human trafficking and protect adult/minor trafficking victims and survivors in the Greater New Orleans region through the seamless coordination of services between human service providers and law enforcement agencies.

3. Proactively investigate and prosecute labor/sex trafficking cases at the local, state, and federal levels.

4. Provide comprehensive individualized, high-quality health and human services using a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach.

5. Raise public awareness of human trafficking through community outreach and education, and improve community responses to assist trafficking victims through training of key stakeholders.

6. Enhance data collection on the prevalence, scope, and nature of human trafficking in the Greater New Orleans area.


TASK FORCE STRUCTURE

 

Core Team

Our core team consists of funded partners under the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking grant:

  • United States Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Louisiana – Julia K. Evans, Assistant U.S. Attorney

  • Covenant House New Orleans – James Kelly, Executive Director - Lead Victim Services Agency (funded)

  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office – Joseph P. Lopinto III, Sheriff - Lead Local Law Enforcement Agency (funded)

  • Homeland Security Investigations – Raymond Parmer Jr., Special Agent In Charge

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation – Eric J. Rommal, Special Agent In Charge

 

Funded Task Force Partners

The Task Force funds several entities to achieve its goals. This includes service providers, law enforcement, and a research entity to conduct evaluations of the Task Force's activities. 

  • Survivor Services: Covenant House New Orleans

    • Sub-grantees: New Orleans Family Justice Center, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Eden House

  • Law Enforcement: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

    • Sub-grantees: Gretna Police Department, Kenner Police Department, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office

  • Evaluation

    • Modern Slavery Research Project

 

Collaborative Partners

Collaborative partners are organizations, agencies, or individuals that have a signed MOU with the Task Force, actively participate on a GNOHTTF committee, regularly attend quarterly meetings, and are in agreement with the GNOHTTF mission, goals, and values.

 

Task Force Members

Task Force members are organizations, agencies, or individuals that represent the perspective of a key stakeholder group send representatives to attend quarterly meetings, and agree with the GNOHTTF goals. These organizations also contribute their expertise to GNOHTTF initiatives when requested by the Committee Chair/Co-chair.

 

Committees

Our subcommittees are spaces where organizations, individuals, and agencies can focus their efforts on different aspects of counter-trafficking efforts: 

  • Community Awareness

  • Labor Trafficking

  • Law Enforcement Working Group (closed to public – invite only)

  • Survivor Services

  • Training and Evaluation

 

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For more information about the task force, or to become a task force partner, please email info@nolatrafficking.org.

 
 Task force members attend a training on human trafficking

Task force members attend a training on human trafficking