Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of exploitation or commercial gain through force, fraud, or coercion.
While The Domestic Violence Intervention Program offers direct services to victim-survivors of human trafficking they are proud to announce that they are the fiscal sponsor for the Johnson County Human Trafficking Coalition (JCHTC).
JCHTC is a group of medical providers, law enforcement officials, attorneys, community agency providers, and education staff that are working together to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking in our community and take steps to actively combat it through education and outreach.
Though JCHTC provides education and resources specifically to individuals and groups in Johnson County Iowa they also provide information to anyone in need. For those seeking services outside of their service area please visit the following links to find resources near you.
- NISAA African Family Services
- Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity
- Network Against Human Trafficking
- National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.373.7888
- Iowa Victim Service Call Center: 1.800.770.1650
JCHTC’s goals include, but are not limited to:
- Building a hospital protocol for the University of Iowa and Mercy emergency departments
- Creating and providing law enforcement pocket cards that were handed out in January 2020
- Holding educational events and conferences thoughout Johnson County
- Building networks of supporters in Johnson County
- Starting a School of Training
For more information on how you can help victim-survivors of human trafficking, support and learn about the prevention and educational work that JCHTC is doing you can reach them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow them on Facebook.