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Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force

purpose

Founded in 2004, the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state, and local  law enforcement agencies, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations dedicated to (1) investigating and prosecuting those engaged in sex trafficking, forced labor, and closely related crimes; (2) identifying, rescuing, and providing services to victims of human trafficking, and (3) conducting training, community outreach, and public awareness efforts. 

Our goals include... 

  • Facilitating a more coordinated anti-trafficking effort in Northern Virginia through protocol development, extensive community outreach, proactive investigations, law enforcement training, intelligence sharing, and more formalized partnerships between law enforcement organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

  • Identifying victims of both sex and labor trafficking 

  • Providing comprehensive services to trafficking victims, and 

  • Increase prosecutions of traffickers and those responsible for facilitating this crime. 

Leadership

CHAIR: Maureen Cain, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) 

Maureen Cain is an Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to work human trafficking cases and serves as Chair of the Task Force’s Law Enforcement Committee. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Maureen worked for the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section (CEOS) for almost six years and prosecuted sex trafficking, sex tourism, kidnapping, and a wide variety of child pornography offenses. She previously worked as a litigation associate at Reed Smith LLP in Philadelphia, and she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Cowan on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. 

VICTIM SERVICES COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR: Shannon Traore, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Shannon Traore is a Family Advocacy Specialist within the Family Advocacy Division at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Alexandria. At NCMEC, Shannon is responsible for supporting, guiding, and helping survivors and families to heal and recover. In this role, Shannon offers crisis intervention support services, risk assessments, and resource location, evaluation, and referrals to victims and their families. Shannon also provides training to mental health professionals, social service agencies, law enforcement, and community members concerning missing and sexually exploited children. Shannon has personally facilitated numerous successful reunifications between parents and their children and has trained mental health providers to do this as well. Before joining NCMEC, Shannon was a forensic interviewer and child protective service’s investigator in Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services. She has investigated child abuse and neglect cases and coordinated services for all types of victims and families. Shannon has also worked within other family services fields, including foster care, teen parenting, and juvenile delinquency.

VICTIM SERVICES COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR: Kay Duffield, Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVAHTI)

Kay Duffield is the Executive Director of NOVAHTI, which works to eradicate human trafficking locally through awareness, advocacy, prayer, and victim services. Kay began her anti-trafficking work on the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand, as she worked one-on-one and in groups with victims of trafficking. On returning to the United States, Kay learned that human trafficking was a growing problem in northern Virginia, and she was asked to start a Victim Services Program for NOVAHTI. She became the Executive Director in 2014. Ms. Duffield joined the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force (NVHTTF) in 2012 to serve on the Victim Services Committee, co-chaired the Outreach & Awareness Committee from 2013-2014, and co-chaired the Victim Services Committee from 2015-2016.

OUTREACH AND AWARENESS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR: Erin Johnson, St. Veronica Catholic Church

Erin Rose Johnson is the Coordinator of Youth Ministry for St. Veronica Catholic Church, leading teams of adults in providing religious and human formation programs for youth in grades 6-12. Now in her eleventh year of full-time youth ministry, Erin has enjoyed working in multicultural communities and has gained extensive experience in adolescent development. She first encountered human trafficking in 2013 in Maryland, where she identified local trafficking victims while working with high school and college students. She is the Director of the Bakhita Foundation, a Catholic apostolate that strives to educate youth and adults about the dangers of trafficking and how to identify potential trafficking scenarios. Erin began volunteering with NOVAHTI in 2014 as a mentor for trafficking survivors, and she has served as Co-Chair for the Outreach & Awareness Committee for the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force since 2015.

OUTREACH AND AWARENESS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR: Mike Lynn, Alexandria Fire Department

Mike Lynn has been a firefighter for over 20 years—a career firefighter with Alexandria for over 16 years now. He has been a state fire instructor for Virginia and Pennsylvania, and previously has served as an Instructor for the Public Safety Training Centers of Harrisburg Area Community College. Mike is an alum of Shippensburg University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement concentration. He is the Co-Chair of the Outreach & Awareness Subcommittee of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.

OUTREACH AND AWARENESS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR: Teresa Pitt Green

Teresa Pitt Green has worked in publishing and communications for over thirty years. For 15 years, she has also offered a Christ-centered resilience ministry, Spirit Fire Live, which promotes healing and reconciliation in families, parishes, institutions and communities. She co-founded and edits The Healing Voices Magazine, and her other work and writings are found on her website. She is Co-Chair of Communications and Co-Chair of Outreach & Awareness Subcommittees of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.  

meetings

The NVHTTF usually meets on the last Thursday of every other month.  Meetings are usually held at the Salvation Army, 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax VA.  The January 2018 meeting will be held at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. NE in Vienna VA.  Committee meetings are 1:00-1:45 pm, General Meeting 2:00-3:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend.

2018 Meeting Schedule

January 25, 2018

March 29, 2018

May 31, 2018

July 26, 2018

September 27, 2018

November 14, 2018