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.
The Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan announce a two day conference, Human Trafficking: A Closer View, on Thursday, October 15th and Friday, October 16th, Dearborn, MI., for all involved in the anti-trafficking movement, including law enforcement, NGO’s, community members, Prosecutors, Probation and Parole agents, faith based groups, College and University faculty and students, health care workers, code enforcement, service clubs, survivors, etc. Over 50 speakers who are experts in their respective fields will be identifying strategies in identifying, prosecuting, and supporting victims to become survivors.
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)
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:
Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
Michigan State University
560 Baker Hall
655 Auditorium Road,
East Lansing, MI 48824
WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP
- 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.
TASK FORCE MEMBERS
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
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)
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
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
Community member engaged in the fight against human trafficking domestically and globally.
Holy Cross Children's Service
Edward M. Medendorp
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
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
Facebook.com/Kalamazoo anti- human trafficking coalition
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.
Lake Orion, MI 48359
Michigan Abolitionist Project
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MichiganAbolitionistProject
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
Michigan Sheriffs' Association
Terry Jungle, Executive Director
FB Michigan Sheriffs' Association
Michigan Wesleyan Women
Michigan Women’s Commission
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
Emails: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
www.wedgwood.org or www.manassah.org
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
Organization of business women whose mission is to advance the status of women world wide
Area Served: Michigan and Ontario
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
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
- 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 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/
“I remember every client, every face. It’s like a horror movie.”
- THE 3Ps: PREVENTION, PROTECTION, PROSECUTION
- 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:
- The Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force Facebook Page
- ICE, Department of Homeland Security
- United State Department of Justice
- Polaris Project
- Human Trafficking Law Clinic at the University of Michigan
- The Hope Project
- Underground Railroad, Inc.
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.