Community Champion Spotlight: Kate Shipley and Leanne McCallum

Community Champion Spotlight: Kate Shipley and Leanne McCallum

Each week for the month of January, we will be highlighting individuals who have gone above and beyond in the Greater New Orleans community to serve victims and survivors of human trafficking. Each individual was nominated by Task Force members. Community champions represent a variety of different disciplines and perspectives from the anti-trafficking movement.

Our second highlight features coordinators who are bringing communities together to combat trafficking across the state of Louisiana. Both of these coordinators are facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration, meeting folks where they're at to improve trafficking response and create coalitions.  This includes Kate Shipley, Interim Executive Director of the Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers, and Leanne McCallum, the Task Force Coordinator for the GNOHTTF.

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Press Release: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Recognizing January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force (GNOHTTF) announces its continued, multi-year funding from the United States Department of Justice beginning in February 2019.  Evolving from the 2006 Louisiana Human Trafficking Task Force, through the 2012 New Orleans Human Trafficking Working Group, the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force was established in 2015 to have a victim-centered, multi-disciplinary approach, coordinating private and public agencies to liberate people trafficked -- often from coercive and violent circumstances.  This funding grants the GNOHTTF funding for 3 more years to continue its work combating human trafficking in the Greater New Orleans region.

Bringing the reality of human trafficking in the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area, the Task Force announces two events – a panel discussion January 23th from 6:00-7:30pm at the Mid-City Library, 4149 Canal Street, where Task Force members will dialogue and answer questions on what responders in the New Orleans area are doing liberate and serve trafficking victims and survivors.  On Thursday, January 24th, after presenting to the New Orleans City Council, the Greater New Orleans Human Task Force will host an evening of networking, where former Louisiana Poet Laureate, Julie Kane will read an original poem created for this event.  

One of the achievements of the Task Force is the completion of the Louisiana Human Trafficking Survivor Housing Resource Guide – an in-depth guide including 18 shelter providers in Louisiana who serve trafficking survivors, with a digital copy is available at www.nolatrafficking.org- and the forthcoming Opening Doors: Louisiana Human Trafficking Housing Report which reviews the shelter landscape in Louisiana.   Additionally, the Task Force is launching its “All Work, No Pay?” awareness campaign that includes an awareness poster and an outreach pamphlet in a variety of languages including: English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, and Arabic. This campaign affirms the Task Force’s commitment to inclusive, trauma-informed awareness materials that shows a diverse range of identities and work environments.

For further information on the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force, contact Leanne McCallum, Task Force Coordinator at 504-584-1170, or at info@nolatrafficking.org.  

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Community Champion Spotlight: Storm Ehlers and Samantha Sahl

Community Champion Spotlight: Storm Ehlers and Samantha Sahl

Each week for the month of January, we will be highlighting individuals who have gone above and beyond in the Greater New Orleans community to serve victims and survivors of human trafficking. Each individual was nominated by Task Force members. Community champions represent a variety of different disciplines and perspectives from the anti-trafficking movement.

Our second highlight features innovators who are bringing promising practices to the New Orleans juvenile justice system: Storm Ehlers and Samantha Sahl. These young professionals were nominated because of their commitment to evidence-based practices and continuous engagement and collaboration with community members.

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Community Champion Spotlight: Billy Hare and Sheri Lochridge

Community Champion Spotlight: Billy Hare and Sheri Lochridge

To honor Human Trafficking Awareness Day, each week in January we will be posting a “Community Champion Spotlight” highlighting 2 individuals who exemplify excellent anti-trafficking work in New Orleans.

Our first Community Champion Spotlight features members of our lead Task Force agencies. Both were nominated because of their leadership, commitment to treating victims/survivors with dignity, and dedication to collaboration. Both are individuals who have made themselves available all hours of the day, and are known as people you can count on to help out in any situation. They are Lieutenant Billy Hare, Commander of Vice Division for Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Sheri Lochridge, Senior Human Trafficking Case Manager for Covenant House New Orleans.

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COVENANT HOUSE NEW ORLEANS: What You Can Do To Combat Trafficking

COVENANT HOUSE NEW ORLEANS: What You Can Do To Combat Trafficking

At the end of nearly every training event, an audience member will ask me, “So what can I do to combat human trafficking?” Though this global crime can seem daunting to address, everyone has a role to play. No matter who you are, how old you are, where you work, or where you live: anyone can ‘EASE’ into supporting this movement. 

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PRESS RELEASE: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Raises Awareness of Hidden Crime in Louisiana

PRESS RELEASE: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Raises Awareness of Hidden Crime in Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force will honor the 7th annual National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by hosting and supporting awareness raising activities throughout the month of January.

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