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 NCCAHT, NCCASA assists in coordinating and monitoring case management and legal services, and collaborates with law enforcement and U.S. Attorneys to assist victims and pursue prosecution of traffickers. The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault 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 Wake County, Legal Aid of North Carolina, the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and the regional response teams in North Carolina. NCCASA regularly partners with the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission (NCHTC) to support consistency of services across the state’s direct service providers and to provide training and technical assistance as needed statewide.

Since launching its anti-human trafficking programmatic work, NCCASA has assisted victims of human trafficking throughout the state of North Carolina by improving North Carolina’s victim response efforts through coordinating and collaborating on efforts between federal, state, and local partners and stakeholders. NCCASA has also provided training and technical assistance to hundreds of allied professionals under this initiative. We have partnered with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on initiatives such as Teach2Reach, a project developing a sex trafficking prevention curriculum for use in student education, as well as Project NO REST – a statewide project focused on bringing awareness to and ending the trafficking of children.