Human Trafficking - Task Force
Junior League of Sioux Falls created a Human Trafficking Impact Study Committee during the summer of 2012 to assess the need to assess the current state, resources, and action plan for human trafficking in South Dakota. The need for coordinated action against human trafficking was also articulated by the Polaris Project.
The first phase began in November of 2012 and will go through Spring of 2013. The goal is to assess the need for a Human Trafficking Task Force in Sioux Falls with the following key objectives:
1. Define a mission and vision for the Human Trafficking Task Force
2. Research best practices of other Human Trafficking Task Force organizations
3. Assess a comprehensive overview of all the agencies, resources, and services dedicated to Human Trafficking in Sioux Falls and South Dakota agencies
4. Train and educate all stakeholders and agencies on resources current available to combat Human Trafficking
The kick-off meeting for the Human Trafficking Task Force was held on January 24, 2013 at US Attorney Brendan Johnson's office with 25 attendees. Two workgroups were established: public awarenss and education. Initial goals and needs identified were: safe house, mentorship, victim services, resource guide, law enforcement education, and public awareness.
Ongoing meetings are planned until the Summer of 2013. For more information or to get involved, contact Dawn Stenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 21, 2013, the Junior League of Sioux Falls officially voted to approve a new position statement and project on human trafficking.
Dawn Stenberg, a Junior League member and co-chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force, was featured in KELOland news on February 1, 2013.
ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING - Position Statement
The Junior League of Sioux Falls opposes human trafficking in all its forms. JLSF supports programs and legislation that create criminal and civil penalties for those who perpetuate modern slavery. We support the education of law enforcement agencies on how to identify human trafficking victims and to ensure that victims are not treated as criminals, but are referred to the proper organizations to get the assistance and support they need. We are committed to educating our membership and the greater community on this issue.
If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have potential information about a potential trafficking situation, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888. All reports are confidential.
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