To increase early identification of victims of all forms of human trafficking within Los Angeles County, to strengthen investigation and prosecution of labor and sex trafficking cases in Los Angeles County, and to address the individualized needs of trafficking victims through provision of comprehensive services.
To eradicate all forms of human trafficking in Los Angeles County by influencing the community to become one of shared responsibility in the identification of and multidisciplinary support for victims of human trafficking as well as holding traffickers accountable through effective investigations and prosecutions.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is the lead law enforcement agency, in partnership with federal, state, county and local law enforcement and social service agencies and victim service providers, is committed to ending human trafficking in all its forms in Los Angeles County, with a keen focus on commercially sexually exploited children. LASD personnel will apply prevention and intervention strategies and a victim-centered approach to protect the most vulnerable segment of our population while aggressively pursuing justice to the fullest extent of the law against those individuals and groups responsible.
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) is a Los Angeles–based nonprofit organization that is working to put an end to modern slavery and human trafficking through comprehensive, lifesaving services to survivors and a platform to advocate for groundbreaking policies and legislation. Over the past two decades, CAST has supported thousands of survivors through every phase of their journey to freedom from counseling, to legal resources, to housing, educational and leadership training and mentorship. Through these programs, CAST has helped empower survivors to overcome their traumatic pasts and become leading voices in shaping policy and public awareness to ultimately put an end to the fastest growing criminal enterprise of the 21st century.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is a critical investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. HSI federal agents investigate a wide range of transnational criminal investigations that exploit America’s travel, trade, financial and immigration systems. As part of this portfolio, HSI is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for combatting international human trafficking. HSI has developed a number of successful initiatives that focus on attacking the infrastructure that supports trafficking organizations, as well as the assets derived from these criminal activities. This might include seizing currency, property, weapons and vehicles—hitting the trafficking organizations where it hurts by targeting their assets. HSI recognizes the severe consequences of human trafficking continue even after the perpetrators have been arrested and held accountable. HSI’s victim assistance program helps to coordinate services in support of human trafficking victims.
The Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California (USAO-CDCA) are committed to investigating and prosecuting all types of Human Trafficking offenses. Human trafficking encompasses a wide variety of criminal conduct involving the exploitation of minor and adult victims who are compelled to engage in sex and/or labor. The USAO-CDCA works closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute both sex and labor trafficking cases. The USAO-CDCA is committed to a victim-centered approach to human trafficking, partnering with non-governmental organizations to ensure that trafficking victims receive the support, trauma recovery and outreach services they need, while prosecuting pimps, those who exploit children and labor traffickers to the fullest extent authorized by Congress and the law.
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