Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $750,000)
Orange County has developed an innovative multidisciplinary, anti-human trafficking model designed to combat human trafficking. This model project, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), is designed to leverage the expertise of local service providers and law enforcement to ensure that victims are identified and supported and perpetrators are held accountable.
The OCHTTF proposes to implement the Enhanced Collaborative Project through the co-leadership of the Anaheim Police Department (APD) and Waymakers. The purpose is to enhance the multidisciplinary, co-leadership approach to increasing victim identification of all forms of human trafficking, supporting victims with a trauma-informed approach, and seeking justice on their behalf through a victim-centered lens. Project activities include conducting proactive investigations into sex and labor trafficking crimes, prosecuting perpetrators, and providing comprehensive, culturally relevant services to victims of all forms of human trafficking. Project activities will include a diverse set of approaches, informed by a collaboration of key stakeholders including law enforcement, victim services, prosecution, survivors, and the community. Expected outcomes include an increase in the number of total victims identified and served, an increase in the percentage of victims of labor trafficking being served, and an increase in the number of labor trafficking cases being investigated. The geographic area to be served is the entire County of Orange in California, representing 3,155,816 people in an area of 791 square miles.