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Advocacy and Training

Systemic Efforts

We promote policies and practices to both prevent human trafficking and ensure survivor access to trauma-informed, victim-centered services.

Our Approach

Responsive

We learn from our clients, and are honored to amplify their voices by implementing their advice and advocating on their behalf.

Innovative

We are engaged in local, state, regional, and national anti-trafficking efforts, bringing collective experience and expertise to bear on the issue of human trafficking in North Carolina.

Collaborative

We promote a multi-sector, multi-faceted, and multi-disciplinary approach to address human trafficking as a public health issue, a public safety issue, and a human rights issue.

Committed

Although we don’t see an end to human trafficking in our lifetime – humans historically exploit humans – we are called and committed to this fight.

Leadership

JusticeMatters staff serve on numerous task forces and advisory panels, including:

Local

  • Triangle Human Trafficking Rapid Response Team
  • Durham County Child Protection Team (Chair)
  • Durham County Child Fatality Prevention Team
  • Wake County Bar Association Public Service Committee
  • Durham Child Sexual Exploitation Task Force
  • Durham ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience)/Resilience Task Force

State

  • North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission (Chair)
  • NC Governor’s Crime Commission Crime Victim Services Advisory Group
  • NCCADV Statewide Needs Assessment Advisory Council
  • UNC Human Trafficking School-Based Program – Expert Advisory Group

National

  • HEAL Education/Training Task Force

North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission

Our Executive Director has served as Chair of the NC Human Trafficking Commission since its inception in 2014. She was appointed by Governor McCrory and reappointed by Governor Cooper. As chair, she is privileged to advise leaders across the public and private sectors in North Carolina around a common goal – marshaling our agencies’ resources and expertise to combat human trafficking on all fronts.

The Commission is the legislatively mandated leader of anti-human trafficking efforts in North Carolina per S.L. 2013-368, and is housed in and staffed by the NC Administrative Office of the Courts. 

Durham County Child Protection Team

Our Family Law Section lead has served as Chair of the Durham County Community Child Protection Team (CCPT) and as a member of the Child Fatality Prevention Team (CFPT) since 2015 by appointment of the Board of County Commissioners. 

Training & Education

We offer professional training and provide speakers, panelists, and presentations.Over the past 5 years we’ve trained over 3,000 professionals including lawyers, law enforcement, and social service providers on various aspects of human trafficking and trauma-informed legal representation.