The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Guam has a Human Trafficking Task Force consisting of four committees: Outreach and Research, Intervention, Law Enforcement and Victim Services. In the Northern Mariana Islands, the task force is named Human Trafficking Intervention Coalition. The human trafficking task forces are comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies partnered with social service agencies; medical, mental and public health professionals; faith-based organizations; educational institutions; Consulates; and other community stakeholders to provide necessary services for victims of human trafficking.
The goal of the human trafficking task forces is to work with law enforcement and private agencies to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. This goal is achieved through heightened law enforcement and victim service presence in the community, operations to identify victims and traffickers, providing training for law enforcement officers, and outreach awareness campaigns in the community.
Pacific Regional Response to Combat Human Trafficking Iinitiative
The U.S. Attorney’s Office (“USAO”) for the Districts of Guam and the NMI has been and continues to work collaboratively with the National District Attorney’s Association; U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, Federal Ombudsman Office; and U.S. Department of State, Monitoring of Trafficking in Persons Office, on a Pacific Regional Response to Combat Human Trafficking. The Pacific Regional Response to Combat Human Trafficking initiative employs a multidisciplinary model, including participation, coordination, and collaboration among law enforcement; prosecution; victim service providers; social services; medical, mental and public health professionals; faith based organizations; educational institutions; Consulates; and other community stakeholders. The response calls for the establishment and provision of victim services, investigation and prosecution of human trafficking, training opportunities, community outreach/ public awareness and prevention programs, and creation of human trafficking task forces and coalitions in the Pacific region island communities. Providing fundamental training in human trafficking, including victimization, investigation and prosecution, prevention efforts, and other related topics, to law enforcement; prosecution; victim service providers; social services; medical, mental and public health professionals; faith based organizations; educational institutions; Consulates; and other community stakeholders, in our Pacific region island communities, is critical to effective prevention and enforcement efforts in the region.