Baltimore City's Human Trafficking Coordination
The Human Trafficking Coordinator for the City of Baltimore is located within the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. The Human Trafficking Coordinator provides leadership to the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative to ensure a cooperative and coordinated response to all Human Trafficking in the City of Baltimore. The Coordinator works closely with Stakeholders from law enforcement, prosecutors, City and State agencies, and victim’s service providers to ensure that human trafficking survivors are provided access to quality services through a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach. The Coordinator also provides human trafficking awareness through education, law enforcement training, media campaigns, and supports the investigation and prosecution of traffickers.
The Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative is a diverse group of Stakeholders working in a collaborative effort to combat both Sex and Labor Trafficking in the City of Baltimore by:
- Raising awareness through education, law enforcement training, and media campaigns
- Supporting both State and Federal investigations and prosecutions of Traffickers
- Supporting human trafficking survivors by providing them access to quality services through a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach
Brief History of Human Trafficking Collaborative
In October of 2017, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice hired a full-time Human Trafficking Coordinator to oversee anti-trafficking efforts in the City of Baltimore. The Human Trafficking Coordinator quickly got to work on starting up the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative. he Collaborative had a short life in early 2016 with just a hand full of stakeholders. The Human Trafficking Coordinator identified new vital stakeholders and began to form a new collaborative. Baltimore City Councilman Kristopher Burnett had recently passed legislation through the City Council to start up a human trafficking task force, but it was not quite off the ground.
he HT Coordinator and Councilman Burnett joined forces to create the new Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative, and both are co-chairs of the collaborative. With the Human Trafficking Coordinators leadership, the first meeting was held on December 7, 2017, at City Hall. The meeting was attended by over 40 new members from law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, State and City agencies, and service providers.
The theme of the meeting was to “keep it positive and move forward”. It was the first time these many vital stakeholders were in the same room to discuss anti-trafficking efforts in the City of Baltimore. The Collaborative quickly got to work and formed five separate subcommittees to meet in the off months from the main collaborative meetings. The Victim Services, Legislative, Law Enforcement, Labor Trafficking, and Public Awareness subcommittees are each led by a chairperson chosen by the co-chairs of the Collaborative. Even in its infancy, the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative continues to gain momentum. Since the first meeting the Collaborative continues to grow, and new stakeholders and members are eager to join the Collaborative. The new and exciting ideas coming from the Collaborative will have a large effect on helping prevent human trafficking in the City of Baltimore.
Human Trafficking Grant Program
Grants are available for nonprofit organizations supporting victims of human trafficking in Baltimore City. Applicants must be based in Baltimore City and demonstrate the ability to provide trauma-informed, victim-centered care for labor- and sex-trafficked victims seeking assistance in Baltimore City. Some examples of eligible services are victim advocacy, crisis intervention, case management, and substance abuse treatment. Funding will also support efforts to increase organizational capacity to respond to human trafficking survivors through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Organizations must be 501(c)(3) or have a fiscal agent. There are two levels of grants available: 1) up to $10,000 and 2) $10,001 to $50,000. To download an application packet click here. The deadline to submit applications is December 13, 2019.