Contra Costa Human Trafficking Task Force (OVC Grant)
Key Partners: Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, Community Violence Solutions, Bay Area Legal Aid, International Rescue Committee, STAND! For Families Free of Violence, Calli House Youth Shelter (Behavioral Health)
Team Lead: Alex
In October 2018 the Alliance, in partnership with the District Attorney’s Office, was awarded the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking grant by the Office of Victims of Crime. This three-year grant is focused on creating and supporting a human trafficking task force that is co-led by both law enforcement and victim service providers – working to increase services for survivors and strengthen investigations. The Contra Costa Human Trafficking Task Force will launch in 2019 and will be a collaboration of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies working with victim service organizations to 1) better identify all types of human trafficking victims; 2) enhance investigation and prosecution of all types of human trafficking; 3) address the individualized needs of all identified human trafficking victims by linking them to comprehensive services; 4) enhance awareness of human trafficking among law enforcement and service providers, as well as within the broader Contra Costa community; and 5) improve trauma-informed practices for human trafficking victims within law enforcement and victim service providers.