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Posted on: February 20, 2019

O.C. Agencies Unite to Prove the Power of Collaboration

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Orange County agencies unite to prove the power of collaboration in identifying and assisting human trafficking victims.

The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force Releases 2019 Victim Report on Human Trafficking

WHO: Waymakers Director of Victim Assistance Programs Lita Mercado, Anaheim Police Department (APD) Chief of Police Jorge Cisneros, Orange County law enforcement and County of Orange Social Services Agency.

WHAT: Joint news conference will discuss the state of human trafficking in Orange County. OCHTTF, which was co-founded and is administrated by the nonprofit organization Waymakers, will release its 2019 Human Trafficking Victim Report. This year’s report notes that more than half of victim referrals in 2018 were received by sources other than law enforcement—a reflection of the strides the task force has made in community advocacy and education.

The report also documents the successful activities of the OCHTTF as a fully operational multijurisdictional task force. This entity has the coordinated structure and systems in place to better identify, investigate, prosecute, and provide services to human trafficking survivors. The report shows an increase in aid provided to victims of modern-day sex and labor slavery.

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Waymakers, Suite 120, 1221 E. Dyer Rd., Santa Ana, CA 92705

WHY: The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) is a multidisciplinary antihuman trafficking effort of over 60 agencies including law enforcement, victim service providers, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, government agencies and the community. Since 2013, OCHTTF has produced the Human Trafficking Victim Report to raise awareness, assess data and evaluate trends of this often-invisible crime and document an evolutionary approach to aiding victims of modern-day sex and labor slavery in Orange County, California. The OCHTTF is committed to combating all forms of human trafficking, recovering victims, prosecuting offenders, advocating on behalf of victims, raising community awareness and strengthening collaborative partnerships.

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