September 7, 2016
Director of Public Relations
ORANGE COUNTY AGENCIES UNITE TO COMBAT HUMAN EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING
The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force releases 2016 report on human trafficking victims and announces new law enforcement partners to close down human trafficking corridor
WHO: The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), and Orange County law enforcement including the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas, Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) Chief Robert Sharpnack, Anaheim Police Department (APD) Chief Raul Quezada, and Community Service Programs (CSP) Director of Victim Assistance Programs Lita Mercado.
WHAT: Will hold a joint news conference to discuss the state of human trafficking in Orange County. OCHTTF, which was co-founded and is administrated by the nonprofit organization CSP, will release its 2016 Human Trafficking Victim Report. This year’s report focuses on victim origin to show the scope and range of where domestic trafficking victims may have originated.
The report also documents the successful activities of the OCHTTF as a fully operational multijurisdictional task force. This entity has the coordinated structure and systems in place to better identify, investigate, prosecute, and provide services to human trafficking survivors. The report shows a huge increase in prosecution of human traffickers, more than ever before.
OCHTTF is accelerating its ability to tackle the enormity of human trafficking by announcing the collaboration of new law enforcement partners, including CMPD, to strengthen efforts to reduce human trafficking through two main corridors, Beach and Harbor Boulevards, which crisscross Orange County.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Costa Mesa Civic Center, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Parking is available in front.