PGCHTTF Committees

Labor Trafficking

CHAIRS: AMBASSADOR SUSAN ESSERMAN, ESQ. (UMD SAFE CENTER), DET. JOSE LOPEZ (PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT/HSI TASK FORCE)

The goal of the Labor Trafficking Committee is to create a multi-agency response to incidents of labor trafficking exploitation by: identifying all possible labor trafficking industries; identifying and supporting continued labor trafficking education; and developing content on labor trafficking.

Law Enforcement

CHAIRS: MELISSA HOPPMEYER, ESQ. & NIKI HOLMES, ESQ. (PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE)

The goal of the Law Enforcement Committee is to collaborate with all law enforcement entities to share information on human trafficking activity.

Legislative

CHAIR: SHIRLEY SCHREFFLER (PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT)

The goal of the Legislative Committee is to remain knowledgeable of County and State legislation in order to align legislative priorities that supports and protects victims of human trafficking and enhances the prosecution of traffickers and buyers/consumers.

Public Outreach and Training

CHAIRS: CAITLIN MOHLER (PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION), DET. TONY HILL (PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT)

The goal of the Public Awareness and Outreach Committee is to create, design, and implement public outreach opportunities about human trafficking including educating citizens, public/private entities, schools, faith-based communities, etc. and providing training to front-line responders and human trafficking stakeholders.

Victim Services

CHAIRS: LAURA ARDITO, ESQ. (UMD SAFE CENTER), DR. GLENDA HODGES (STILL I RISE, INC.)

The goals of the Victim Services Committee include: establishing a full-service facility or network of facilities and services based in the County to house victim-survivors of all forms of human trafficking on both short- and long-term bases; maintaining an updated crisis intervention protocol to effectively serve victim-survivors; and review and determine the appropriateness of government services for victim-survivors.