Our mission is to combat human trafficking through seamless victim-centered collaboration between law enforcement and service providers.
ABOUT THE TASK FORCE
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, collaboration, and research.
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.
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
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 – Kenneth Polite Jr., Attorney General
- 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
Our 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
Organizations 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.
Our subcommittees are spaces where organizations, individuals, and agencies can focus their efforts on different aspects of counter-trafficking efforts:
- Community Awareness
- Labor Trafficking (NEW!)
- Law Enforcement Working Group (closed to public – invite only)
- Survivor Services
- Training and Evaluation