Many counties around the country are addressing human trafficking via a collaborative Task Force approach—since every person can play a role in ending violations of rights like trafficking in their personal and professional lives, it is important that we have many stakeholders at the table. The goal of a task force is to approach human trafficking in each community collaboratively by increasing education, proactively protecting victims and survivors, and developing legislation and legal systems that are informed about how best to address issues related to human trafficking.
To us, the intersectionality of human trafficking with so many issues, from poverty and climate change to consumer choices and gender inequality, demands we approach it from every angle. In this sense, effectively ending rights violations like trafficking is only possible if hotel clerks, government employees, gas station attendants, bank tellers, CEOs, teachers, advocates, etc. are aware and have a space to learn and inspire action.
01 : Focus on increasing education, proactively protecting victims and survivors, and informing legislation and the legal system.
02 : Task forces normally follow the 4 P’s federal model to tackle human trafficking: protect, prosecute, prevent, and partner.
03 : Approach the design of the task force as well as the initiatives created through an intersectional lens.
04 : Connect with leadership from currently successful task forces to get lessons learned in the early formation stage.
05: Come to every meeting with a clear agenda and objectives to accomplish during the meeting, and always leave with clear next step action items.