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Broward Human Trafficking Coalition
1007 N. Federal Highway #15
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33304
Contact number: 954.594.3439
E-mail info@bhtc.us

 

Mission

The mission of the BHTC is to raise awareness about HumanTrafficking.The Coalition serves as an information, education, and networking resource for organizations as well as the community. Mission Broward Human Trafficking

 

Purpose

The purpose of the BHTC is to impact the response to victims of human trafficking through informational outreach and advocacy activities, to coordinate informational, educational, and training seminars, and identify resources available.
Further, the Coalition will partner with the general public, those who serve it and all community partners, to raise awareness of the issues relating to the foreign and domestic trafficking of men, women, and children.
The BHTC is in and of itself a clearinghouse, advocacy and networking forum and is not a provider of direct services.
An explanation of the BHTC model: Human Trafficking Victims can be an age, race or sex. We have formed specific committees to address the designations by age. Each committee can deal with International and domestic aspects and needs, but they reflect age delineations.

The idea that “victims” are discovered on United States soil was the impetus for the colors of red, white and blue in our logo and materials. The moniker in our email of the .us was to reflect that this is again, the United States of America; a free Country.

Our main subcommittees were formed to also follow the theme of a “free Country” in that they represent the flag as a symbol of freedom; the STARS and STRIPES.

Our STARS co-chair spoke in Tallahassee, Sarah Gillespie Cummings, from the Broward Sheriff’s Office JAC. She was able to relate that the Dept of Juvenile Justice chose Broward as a pilot site for implementation of an assessment tool to identify kids “in the life” or at risk. Almost two years ago the BSO JAC began to add questions to their assessment that assisted in determining the risk, extent, and severity of a youth’s propensity for trafficking, and it was recognized nationally. This si a pilot project with Shared Hope International. The Broward Sheriffs Office Child Protection Team is now coordinating and facilitating these special staffings. The MAT staffings have been successful in identifying youth who are involved in trafficking and the numbers are now being collected and reported at the BHTC meetings. The BHTC STARS continue to impact policy and affect positive change in the lives of our children!

 

 

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  • STRIPES Committee

    STRIPES Committee (Stop Trafficking and Rescue Individual Persons Exploited through Slavery) is primarily focused on the “adult” (over age 18) victims of human trafficking, and the extremely vulnerable 18-24 year old population coming from foster care. Labor exploitation, massage parlors, nail salons, hair braiding, magazine sales crews and many others are addressed. The focus is both domestic and international with much emphasis on communications with various country Consulates, and legitimate employers being educated on issues related to the luring and exploitation of “adults” for sex or labor. This group is chaired by Mrs. Maria Rumbaitis. To volunteer for the STRIPES Committee please contact Mr. Nelson Bogren Please check the calendar for meetings of this group. (Special meetings can be called and members will be notified)
  • STARS Committee

    STRIPES Committee (Stop Trafficking and Rescue Individual Persons Exploited through Slavery) is primarily focused on the “adult” (over age 18) victims of human trafficking, and the extremely vulnerable 18-24 year old population coming from foster care. Labor exploitation, massage parlors, nail salons, hair braiding, magazine sales crews and many others are addressed. The focus is both domestic and international with much emphasis on communications with various country Consulates, and legitimate employers being educated on issues related to the luring and exploitation of “adults” for sex or labor. This group is chaired by Mrs. Maria Rumbaitis. To volunteer for the STARS Committee please contact Cassandra.Evans2@djj.state.fl.us or JJohnson@psd.plantation.org Please check the calendar for meetings of this group. (Special meetings can be called and members will be notified)
  • AIM Committee

    (ARREST PERPETRATORS INVESTIGATE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES and MANAGE CASES INVOLVING TRAFFICKING) This law enforcement only group is headed by Sarah Willis from the Attorney General, Office of the Statewide Prosecutor, and Co-Chaired by Officer Cassandra Jones of the Hollywood Police Department. This Committee serves as a law enforcement component and coordinates and collaborates with Federal, State, and local entities to “work cases.” This group works closely and collaboratively with the South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force run by the Department of Homeland Security ICE. Interested Law Enforcement personnel should contact the chair Sgt. Mike Tucker of the Fort. Lauderdale Human Trafficking Task Force michaelt@fortlauderdale.gov
    or Officer Cassandra Jones with Hollywood Police Department, the Co-Chair at cjones@hollywoodfl.org