The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition was formed in January 2009 to respond to human trafficking. It is comprised of health care, social service, law enforcement, government agencies, churches, citizens, and those that are or have been involved in the sex industry working together to develop appropriate prevention strategies and intervention responses to victims of trafficking.
Over 4,000 individuals received training in 2013. Other achievements include the implementation of standard victim identification protocols in the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, the creation of a Public Service Announcement, screening tools produced for United Way 2-1-1 and events including the Annual International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference, Traffic Jam and a local Human Trafficking Awareness Month event.
MISSION STATEMENT: To unite the community to combat human trafficking.
VISION STATEMENT: A community without human trafficking.
The majority of the work for the Coalition occurs in Committees. The Coalition is now divided into the following committees:
- Development: Responsible for financial development (i.e., bringing in funds to support LCHTC efforts).
- Events and Marketing: Responsible for event planning, as well as the production, implementation, and maintenance of LCHTC marketing materials.
- Education: Responsible for community awareness, education, and prevention.
- Protocols: Responsible for the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of protocols in criminal justice, healthcare, mental health, and school settings.
- Grants: Responsible for distribution, implementation, and monitoring of funds granted by the LCHTC.
The coalition meets at the Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43610 (corner of Collingwood and Central) on the third Wednesday of the month. The library opens at 9am and the full Coalition meets from 9:15am to about 11am. We do not have a meeting in September.
Committees are scheduled to meet during the full Coalition meetings. Please refer to the by-laws for detailed description of the goals and purpose for each committee.
Each individual is expected to sign in at every meeting and introduce themselves during introductions. Minutes are recorded and shared with Coalition members. An agenda is created every month; members can request to add items to the agenda.