NCCASA’s Work in Human Trafficking

NCCASA has worked for and implemented many improvements for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking, including but not limited to:

  • co-founding the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NCCAHT) with the North Carolina Attorney General’s office in 2004 and remaining an active member,
  • being instrumental in the development of a North Carolina-specific manual on human trafficking and continuing to develop training resources for North Carolina’s direct service agencies,
  • conducting trainings on human trafficking at workshops and conferences across North Carolina for victim services providers and law enforcement,
  • providing information and educational materials on human trafficking to the over 75 rape crisis centers across the state,
  • partnering with the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to development Sexual Assault Response Teams across the state and provide trainings, providing statewide trainings to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE),
  • and providing Human Trafficking Resource Packets to a variety of victim services and law enforcement agencies throughout North Carolina. These Packets include brochures, handouts, pamphlets, wallet cards, and posters, and most of this information is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Thai, Korean, Mandarin, and Indonesian.

As a lead victim service provider for sexual assault and human trafficking survivors in North Carolina, and as a co-founder of the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking , (NCCAHT), NCCASA coordinates and monitors case management services and legal services, and collaborates with law enforcement and the U.S. Attorneys to assist victims and pursue prosecution of traffickers. NCCASA also closely collaborates with numerous victims service agencies to ensure that victims of trafficking are identified and assisted as quickly as possible. These agencies include The Salvation Army of Raleigh, Legal Aid of North Carolina and Pitt County Task Force, and all six of the Rapid Response Teams in North Carolina. NCCASA uses OVC’s Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS) to record and report the number of trafficking victims who have been served and the comprehensive services provided to them. NCCASA also ensures that each type of victim served will be documented separately so that reporting does not overlap.

Since the 2008 initiation of our Anti-Human Trafficking Project, NCCASA has assisted victims of human trafficking throughout the state of North Carolina through the OVC Human Trafficking Project for Foreign Nationals, providing training and technical assistance to hundreds of allied professionals under this initiative. NCCASA has partnered with several Governor’s Crime Commission-funded initiatives, including Project No Rest of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), whose research and pilot site projects have provided key insights into the scope of human trafficking in North Carolina, awareness campaigns for the public, and increased training for DHHS professionals working with youth. We also are partnered with the Teach2Reach project at UNC School of Social Work, collaborating on the production of curriculum to educate youth about sex trafficking dynamics, prevention, and recovery. Our Executive Director, Monika Johnson-Hostler, serves on the N.C. Human Trafficking Commisison and serves as the chair of its ad-hoc Standards Committee.