Human Trafficking


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The Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of over 90 member agencies committed to a collaborative effort to identify and rescue victims, prosecute offenders, restore victims, and educate those in Michigan of human trafficking, in both sexual and labor exploitation.

Human Trafficking: A Closer View Conference was an outstanding example of people coming together to learn, to discuss, to analyze, and to plan the future of anti-trafficking efforts in Michigan. The two day conference, October 15th and 16th, in Dearborn, Mi. of over 350 people from every kind of field, whether law enforcement, NGO’s, Prosecutors, community members, business professionals, medical personnel, agencies, engaged …..the list continues. Speakers were brought in from around the nation as well as those in the State who are experts in their respective work in trafficking solutions, both labor and sexual exploitation. Survivors speaking gave a message that was only possible made by their experiences in a life we do not recognize The Southern Poverty Law Center. Daniel Werner, presentation was riveting in the sense that workers coming legally into the United States were treated in New Orleans as less than chattel. From Nashville, Tenn. Becca Stevens brought in a message of recovery through actual housing and a support system where victims become survivors. A new report on “Hidden in Plain Sight” Labor Trafficking in the United States research, was presented by Colleen Owens, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C. Bridgette Carr, Director and Founder of the University of Michigan Law School Trafficking Clinic, spokn on the myths surrounding human trafficking that harm victims. Fifty-hour different breakout sessions were available to those present on topics as varied and diversified as the topic human trafficking is.

Please go to the MHTTF facebook page for more information on speakers. To the volunteers, planners, members and to the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, your support is incredible. JPWhite

Stay up to date about human trafficking cases and prevention
efforts in Michigan by regularly visiting the Task Force’s
Facebook page

Contact Us – Jane P. White (Director of Human Trafficking Taskforce) []

General Mail:
Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
717 North
Marshall, MI 49068
Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
PO Box 81163
Lansing, MI 48917


To report a suspected case of human trafficking, call …

Mission Statement:

To facilitate a collaborative effort to prevent trafficking of persons within the State of Michigan, to pursue prosecution of perpetrators, and to protect and actively support rehabilitation efforts for trafficking victims.

Statement of Purpose:

  • To increase collaboration and response between law enforcement and social service agencies, and community resources in order to create an ongoing victim support and recovery protocol and support systems
  • To coordinate and implement an ongoing training model for law enforcement and social service agency providers and community outreach
  • To engage directly with communities through frequent and regular contact in order to build relationships which in turn promotes involvement, input, and sharing
  • To create and maintain an on-going information-sharing network and protocol for various stakeholders
  • To collect, evaluate, and disseminate legal mechanisms to combat human trafficking
  • To promote and support the creation of regional Task Forces for the purpose of local involvement to identify workable resources and focus of identifying victims
  • To exercise to the greatest degree possible, distribution of reliable, accurate and factually-based information
  • To advocate sources of support for victims to become survivors

The Task Force’s focus for 2012-2013 is the identification of victims. Current efforts in this regard include the following:

  • Training sessions for law enforcement and victim service providers
  • Providing awareness training to churches, faith-based institutions, community groups, and organizations
  • Providing presentations about human trafficking catered to your group’s needs. Please contact us if you are interested in having us come in and speak for your community group or organization.
  • Working on developmental protocol for law enforcement and victim service providers
  • Participating in the placement of information for victims of human trafficking at rest areas throughout Michigan
  • Maintaining a Facebook page with up-to-date information about human trafficking cases and awareness events in Michigan
  • Forming regional task forces in the Michigan area

Support for three additions to Michigan law on human trafficking:

  • Safe Harbor Legislation
  • Civil Remedies
  • Vacating convictions for victims of human trafficking

The Task Force is completely NON-FUNDED and operates strictly on a donation-basis.
To make a donation, please make checks out to the “Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force” and send them to the following address:

General Mail:
Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
717 North
Marshall, MI 49068
Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
PO Box 81163
Lansing, MI 48917

For Speaker's Bureau contact: Jane White
For Training and presentation for your particular group contact: Jane White


  • Be a voice — speak up for those who have no voice.
  • Contact your state representatives and let them know you want human trafficking stopped in Michigan and in the U.S.
  • Become advocates for victims.
  • Show local law enforcement that ending human trafficking is a priority in your community.
  • Buy Responsibly: Fair Trade Federation
  • Volunteer at a local shelter or with a non-profit organization.
  • Know the indicators of human trafficking so that you can be ready to make a call to the Hotline Number when you see a possible trafficking case.
  • Business Owners: Consider your business practices and how they affect people involved at all levels of your operation.
  • ER nurses and doctors: Educate yourselves on how to identify victims.
  • Offer financial support to organizations engaged in trafficking prevention.
  • For a list of more ways that you can help fight human trafficking, please visit the U.S. Department of State
  • Stay up to date about human trafficking cases and prevention efforts in Michigan by regularly visiting the Task Force’s Facebook Page


  • Federal, state, and local law enforcement
  • Victim service providers
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Medical practitioners
  • Community Members
  • Students and educators
  • Law School Associates
  • Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School
  • The Hope Project
  • Farmworker Legal Services
  • District 15 Zonta Clubs

Grateful acknowledgment is given to:
The Zonta Club of the Michigan Capitol Area Foundation who supported this project.



The Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of over 90 member agencies consisting of Federal, State, and local law enforcement service providers, NGO's, prosecution, and community members.

Some of our members include:

Adrian Dominican Sisters

Sister Therese M. Haggerty, OP
1269 E Siena Hts. Dr, Apt 317, Adrian, MI 49221

Bridgette Carr

Clinical Assistant Professor
Human Trafficking Clinic
University of Michigan Law School

Carol A. Siemon

Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

DHS Tip Line: 1.866.DHS.2.ICE
Victim Services, Amy Allen: 313.226.0750
Detroit Special Agent in Charge: 313.226.0501
Grand Rapids Resident Agent in Charge: 616.235.3936
Sault Ste. Marie Resident Agent in Charge: 906.253.2200

Department of Human Services/Native American Affairs (NAA)

Stacey Tadgerson
Tel: 517.241.7752
The Office of Native American Affairs (NAA) consists of one full-time employee who serves as the department's avenue to comply with federal and state requirements for consultation with American Indian tribes regarding all state plans, programs, legislative changes, and policy changes that impact North American Indian children and families per the 1994 amendments of the Social Security Act, Presidential Memorandum 2009 (Tribal Consultation), Governor Granholm's Executive Directive 2004-5, and Governor Snyder's Executive Directive 2012-2.

E. Christopher Johnson Jr.

Director, Graduate Program incorporate Law and Finance
Thomas A. Cooley Law School

Farmworker Legal Services (FLS)

Kara K. Moberg, Law Graduate
3030 South 9th St., Suite 1A
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Tel: 269.492-7190
Fax: 269.492-7198
Toll-Free #: 1.800.968.4046
FLS is a division of Legal Services of South Central Michigan,
a non-profit organization funded primarily by the federal Legal Services Corporation.


Grand Haven Community Member

Wendy Sale
Community member engaged in the fight against human trafficking domestically and globally.

Holy Cross Children's Service

Edward M. Medendorp
International Teams

Homeland Security Investigations-Cara Rose

Human Trafficking Clinic, University of Michigan Law School
The Human Trafficking Clinic provides direct legal representation to victims of human trafficking, including U.S. citizens and Foreign nationals.

IHM Sisters of Monroe MI Nancy Serbert

Ingham County Sheriff’s Office- Undersheriff Allan Spyke

Gene Wriggelsworth, Sheriff

Jewish Family Service

Sherri Gerber-Somers
Jewish Family Service provides case management and counseling services to survivors of human trafficking from foreign countries.

Kalamazoo Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

Sara Morley LaCroix anti- human trafficking coalition @KZAHTC
Our Organization is dedicated to the prevention of human trafficking and the rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking in Kalamazoo County.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Richard C. Fuller II

Laudman, Bonnie Dr.

3703 Grafton
Lake Orion, MI 48359

Michigan Abolitionist Project
Twitter: Official_MAP
Find us on Facebook:
Michigan Abolitionist Project helps people use their gifts and talents to prevent and end modern slavery in Michigan and beyond.

Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force

Jane P. White
MHTTF Director

Michigan Sheriffs' Association

Terry Jungle, Executive Director
FB Michigan Sheriffs' Association

Michigan Wesleyan Women

Saundra Lawson

Michigan Women’s Commission
MDCR-Women’s .Commision
Elizabeth A .Thompson, Director of Program
The Michigan Women’s Commission represents Michigan Women, especially on issues related to women and business, women veterans, and human trafficking.

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Wendy Reyes
I have been in law enforcement for 24 years and have been a part of the HT task force for 3 years.

Project Liberty - Non Profit Human Trafficking Investigative Task Force

Saundra Lawson, Director / President

Prosecuting Attorneys Assoc. of MI

Roberta J. Haney-Jones, B.A., CT, CA / Victim Rights Program Director
116 W. Ottawa St, Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48913
517.334.6060 ext. 807
517.256.3168 (cell)
Emails: or
MCVNN - 800.770.7657

Project Liberty, Saundra Lawson
Project Liberty is a nonprofit, faith based, investigative taks force/ avocates stopping human trafficking in USA. We gather information to help find victims and potential victims, cooprating with law enforcement.

SAFE PLACE, Jennifer Fopma
facebook SAFE PLACE
S.A.F.E. Place is a free service for victims and their children of intimate partner violence.

SW Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force

Cathy Knauf
facebook: SW Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
The SW Michigan Trafficking Task Force educates and brings awareness to the communities of SW Michigan about Human Trafficking and using a multidisciplinary team to provide a victim-centered approach to victims.

The Hope Project
The Hope Project raises awareness of human trafficking and works to restore domestic child victims of sex trafficking.

Underground Railroad, Inc.

Madeleine (Margie) Cuadrado, Underserved Populations Lead Advocate
PO Box 2451, Saginaw, MI 48605
989.755.0413 ext. 1204
989.755.3006 (fax)

United States Department of Justice

United States Attorney's Office-Western District of Michigan
330 Ionia Avenue, NW, P.O.
Box 208 Grand Rapids, MI 49501
(616) 456-2404

United States Department of Justice, Diplomatic Security Service


Vista Maria, Meredith Reese

Voices for Justice-Shelby Township, Kathy Maitland
Voices for Justice is a Michigan Abolitionist Project Community group that helps people use their talents to prevent and end modern slavery and human trafficking in Michigan and beyond. Open to all.

Wedgewood Christian Service-Manasseh Project

Andy Soper or

Women At Risk, International (WAR, Int'l)

Becky McDonald, President
4345 Sawkaw Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
WAR, Int'l works in the U.S. and in 33 other countries to unite and educate women to create circles of protection
and hope around women and children at risk through culturally sensitive, value-added intervention projects.

Zonta Club of Saginaw

Glennda Stephens
Zonta International
Organization of business women whose mission is to advance the status of women world wide
Area Served: Michigan and Ontario


Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery, that occurs on an international, national, and local scale. Whether in the smallest town, rural areas, medium sized cities, villages, big cities – there is nowhere in Michigan that has not been touched by this issue.

According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, Human Trafficking is defined as:

The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery. This occurs in situations of forced labor such as domestic servitude, factory or agricultural work; or sex trafficking, meaning the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.

Red Flags: Indicators of Human Trafficking

  • Restrictions on freedom of movement of the worker Stop Human Trafficking
  • Especially long work hours
  • Little or no pay
  • Harsh working conditions
  • Security measures in the work area
  • Worker exhibits fear or anxiety
  • Poor physical health
  • The worker has signs of physical or sexual abuse
  • The worker is not in control of his or her money or identification
  • The worker cannot speak for himself or herself
  • The worker has numerous inconstancies in his or her story


A victim need not be physically transported from one location to another in order for the crime to fall within this definition.
To report a suspected case of human trafficking, call …

The Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline will help you:

  • Determine if you have encountered human trafficking victims
  • Identify local resources in your community to help victims
  • Coordinate with local social service organizations to help protect and serve victims
  • Begin the process of helping victims restore their lives
  • For more information, please visit

“I remember every client, every face. It’s like a horror movie.”


  • 2011 TIP Report
  • 2012 TIP Report
  • The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today, Kevin Bales
  • To Plead Our Own Cause, Kevin Bales and Zoe Trodd
  • Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself, Rachel Lloyd
  • Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


For updates on human trafficking cases and prevention efforts in the Michigan area please visit:


PSA Announcement (short)

PSA Announcement (Full Length)

Very Young Girls

Kevin Bales: How to Combat Modern Slavery, TED Talks

2012 Trafficking in Persons Report at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2012

*Please note: Thus far, films about human trafficking have focused on sex trafficking,
but it is important to understand that labor trafficking happens as well.