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End Slavery Cincinnati is approaching its 5th year as the anti-human trafficking coalition serving the greater Cincinnati area and we have re-evaluated our structure and strategic plan. Our overall goals to increase victim identification through public awareness and to assist in the coordination of services for victims have not changed; however, the opportunities for engagement and involvement with the coalition has increased. For the date and location of the next Coalition Meeting, please visit the Events page.

We are currently in the process of conducting our annual strategic planning survey.  Please complete the online survey and tell us what you think should be the priorities of the committees below, what topics we should cover in our coalition meetings, and your thoughts on our monthly newsletter.  Thank you in advance for your feedback!

There are also now four committees a coalition member may participate in. Information about the committees and their goals are below. For more information about the committees, becoming a member of End Slavery Cincinnati, or other opportunities for involvement, please email the Coalition Manager, Erin Meyer at Erin.Meyer@use.salvationarmy.org. For the date and time of the next committee meeting, please visit the Events page.

Public Education and Awareness Committee

The purpose of the Public Education and Awareness Committee is to increase victim identification, improve the community response, and to enhance human trafficking awareness in the greater Cincinnati area. The committee, along with ESC achieves this through the coordination of trainings, presentations, and events for service providers, law enforcement, medical professionals, students, faith-based groups, and other community members. Currently, the Public Education and Awareness committee’s goals for the 2012-2013 fiscal year are to develop and implement a Train-the-Trainer program to serve on the End Slavery Cincinnati Training Team and to create a strategy for proactive community outreach campaigns targeted to key populations and groups within the region, including prevention programming targeting youth and at-risk populations. The Public Education and Awareness committee is currently chaired by Jessica Donohue-Dioh, the founder of End Slavery Cincinnati and a current professor at Xavier University.

If you are interested in joining the coalition and/or the committee, please visit the Events page for the most up-to-date meeting schedule.

Victim Services Committee

The Victim Services Committee strives to provide a venue for social service providers and advocates to communicate and implement strategies to increase victim identification and ensure collaborative service provision and empowerment for all human trafficking victims in the greater Cincinnati area. The current goals of the Victim Services Committee for the 2012-2013 fiscal year are to enhance the current referral matrix to create a more efficient response protocol for the service area and to coordinate with community actors to assist in the development of consistent response protocols among the relevant local agencies. Michelle Hannan, Divisional Social Services Director and Director of Professional and Community Services with The Salvation Army, currently chairs the committee.

If you are interested in joining the coalition and/or the committee, please visit the Events page for the most up-to-date meeting schedule.

Legislation and Policy Committee

The Legislation and Policy Committee is tasked with staying informed regarding local, state, and national human trafficking policies and legislative initiatives and coordinating opportunities for the coalition and the community to engage in the legislative process. The current goals of the Legislation and Policy Committee for the 2012-2013 fiscal year are to reach out to the community to develop a database of agencies, groups, and other local actors who are interested in being engaged with this issue and to develop a forum for mobilizing the community to legislative action. Erin Meyer, Coalition Manager for End Slavery Cincinnati and Program Manager for the Anti-Human Trafficking Program with The Salvation Army, currently chairs the committee.

If you are interested in joining the coalition and/or the committee, please visit the Events page for the most up-to-date meeting schedule.

Law Enforcement Working Group

The Law Enforcement Working Group develops and maintains relationships with law enforcement to advocate for a collaborative response to human trafficking cases and to support the continued communication between law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal level and social service providers serving the greater Cincinnati region. Membership with this committee is open to law enforcement officials only and it is currently chaired by Special Agent Pamela Matson of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

If you are an officer who is interested in joining the working group, please visit the Events page for the most up-to-date meeting schedule and email the Coalition Manager, Erin Meyer at Erin.Meyer@use.salvationarmy.org, for additional details.