Human Trafficking Task Forces
Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force
The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) is the state’s primary organization that works to prevent trafficking, protect victims by providing them with the services they need, prosecute traffickers, and partner with a variety of organizations to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking from our communities. The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) was formed in 2007 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General of Maryland, and the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City to serve as the lead investigative, prosecutorial, and victim services coordinating body for anti-human trafficking activity in the State of Maryland. We are a multidisciplinary team of agencies and organizations committed to a victim-centered approach in the fight against human trafficking in Maryland.
The SAFE Center sits on the task force’s steering committee and serves as the co-chair of the legislative subcommittee and the medical subcommittee.
Montgomery County, MD Human Trafficking Task Force
The Montgomery County Human Trafficking Task Force was formed to increase understanding of the issue in Montgomery County and to develop inter-agency coordination of strategies for response and prevention. Organized and chaired by the Montgomery County Commission for Women, the task force includes, but is not limited to, government and non-government agencies and organizations, as well as a host of individual community members and ex-officio organizations.
As co-chair of the Montgomery County Human Trafficking Task Force’s victim services committee, the SAFE Center is facilitating county-wide collaboration between service providers and law enforcement, creating an assessment-based response protocol for trafficking survivors.
Prince George’s County, MD Human Trafficking Task Force
The Prince George’s County Human Trafficking Task Force is an implementing Task Force comprised of more than 50 county government agencies, nonprofits, and individual experts who are brought together pursuant to CR-74-2013 to combat human trafficking within Prince George’s County by educating the public and training first responders, providing needed services to victims and survivors, and increasing state and federal prosecution of traffickers.
As co-chair of the Prince George’s County Human Trafficking Task Force’s victim services committee, the SAFE Center is developing a screening tool for county organizations and agencies providing crisis intervention services to victims of trafficking. The SAFE Center is also building and chairing a new labor trafficking subcommittee for Prince George’s County, which will convene necessary stakeholders to identify and implement the unique investigative methods needed to fight local labor trafficking.
The SAFE Center is an initiative of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State – a collaboration between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). MPower leverages the sizable strengths and complementary missions of both institutions to strengthen Maryland’s innovation economy, advance interdisciplinary research, create opportunities for students, and solve important problems for the people of Maryland and the nation. Working together, UMB and UMCP achieve innovation and impact through collaboration.
As an initiative of MPowering the State, the SAFE Center is housed under the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park—where we are part of the School of Public Health. The SAFE Center’s mission has been enhanced by contributing research and program expertise from the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work, School of Dentistry, School of Law, and School of Nursing on the Baltimore campus and the School of Public Policy, Robert H. Smith School of Business, College of Education, College of Arts and Humanities, and College of Behavioral and Social Sciences on the College Park campus.
The SAFE Center regularly hosts students as interns and graduate assistants from neighboring universities. Working under the supervision of our staff, these undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students help us provide client services, develop programs and curricula, and conduct outreach and research.