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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking robs victims of their freedom and dignity. The Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office works with federal and state agencies and nonprofit organizations, in conjunction with the Maryland's Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF), and with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, to rescue human trafficking victims and prosecute the traffickers.

The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in 2007 as an umbrella organization of local, state and federal agencies and private organizations designed to work collaboratively to identify and restore victims of human trafficking while investigating and prosecuting offenders. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the task force serves to coordinate activities, develop policy, and implement strategic plans to combat human trafficking in the State of Maryland. The task force maintains five active sub-committees: Law Enforcement, Victim Services, Training, Public Outreach and Legislative.

The MHTTF aims to create a heightened law enforcement and victim service presence in the community. Our law enforcement efforts include establishing operations to identify victims and traffickers, deputizing local law enforcement to assist in federal human trafficking investigations, and providing training for law enforcement officers. We also seek to deter human trafficking through outreach to persons who might be victimized by traffickers. Maryland’s human trafficking task force pursues all leads concerning exploited children and follows a zero-tolerance policy for sex trafficking of children.

Organizational Structure

An Assistant U.S. Attorney appointed by the United States Attorney serves as the Task Force Coordinator. The Steering Committee, chaired by the Coordinator, serves as the primary policy making body of the task force. The daily work of the task force is handled by 5 sub-committees: law enforcement, victim services, training, public outreach and legislative. Each sub-committee is led by a chairperson who is nominated by task force members and approved by the Coordinator. The chairperson oversees the operation of the sub-committee, arranges logistics for meetings, keeps records of activities and issues, serves as a member of the Steering Committee and performs other duties as necessary for the efficient operation of the task force.

The following organizations comprise the Steering Committee of the MHTTF:

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maryland
  • Victim Services Sub-committee Chair
  • Law Enforcement Sub-committee Chair
  • Training Sub-committee Chair
  • Public Outreach Sub-committee Chair
  • Legislative Sub-committee Chair

  • Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association

  • Maryland Attorney General’s Office

  • Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

  • MD Department of Social Services (MD Department of Human Resources)

  • MD Department of Juvenile Services

  • MD Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services

  • Maryland State Police

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Homeland Security Investigations

 

Other task force participants include:
Araminta Freedom Initiative, AYUDA, Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office, Catholic Charities – Esperanza Center, FAIR Girls, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Victim Specialist Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Homeland Security Investigations, Victim Specialist, International Rescue Committee, Kennedy Krieger Institute – Family Center, Legal Aid of Maryland, Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth, Maryland Coalition against Sexual Assault (MCASA), Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Department of Human Resources, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Maryland Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI), National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Polaris Project, Shared Hope International, Salvation Army – Baltimore, Safe House of Hope, Tahirih Justice Center, TurnAround, Inc., U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland, Victim Witness Specialist, University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Women’s Law Center, World Relief.

For more information or to report any concerns, please email or call 410-209-4800. 

For more information on human trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at:

http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotline/the-nhtrc/overview

 

To report suspected human trafficking, please contact one of these investigative agencies:

FBI

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

 

Examples of recent human trafficking prosecutions in Maryland

 

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