Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.
Human trafficking is a hidden crime. Victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
Our mission is to provide solution-based strategies that empower individuals and organizations to eliminate human trafficking with empathy and compassion.
Innovations HTC is a national leader in combating Human Trafficking through Training, Technical Assistance, Capacity Building, Survivor Empowerment, and Advocacy.
To offer relevant, direct, and vital anti-trafficking training to entities across the nation. All of our training content is tailored to the needs of the hosting group. We do not believe in a one size fits all” approach.
To assist tribes, organizations, law enforcement, and others with developing law and order codes, response protocol, and prevention programming for their communities.
To develop leaders who can work within the anti-trafficking movement, creating widespread systems change and collaboration.
To ensure that no survivor is without a voice of their own, and that they are truly seen as more than a victim. We believe that the anti-trafficking movement should be led by survivors.
To work with direct services organizations in creating culturally and trauma informed and victim-centered care processes and responses for the complex needs of survivors.
“Exploitation can end in our lifetime, but only if we unite against it.”
Jeri Moomaw | Founder & Executive director
Innovations HTC began in 2016 after our founder Jeri Moomaw saw a need for collaboration those within the anti-trafficking movement, survivor leaders and their communities. This cooperation is imperative to bring unity, ending the lateral oppression and silo mentality that exists within the anti-trafficking movement. Drawing on her years of experience as a nationally recognized trainer, she created a curriculum to assist organizations with developing victim-centered, trauma-informed response protocols, prevention programming, and instituting system-wide changes.
In the past 2 years, we have trained over 22,000 front line professionals on human trafficking. These include attendees of the 25th Annual California ICWA Conference, the first annual inter-tribal conference on Human Trafficking in Indian Country in WA State, and employees of the Dignity Health Hospital network. We have worked extensively with the US Department of Health Office of Trafficking in Persons as well as the National Indian Women’s Resource Center. In Washington State we have trained juvenile probation managers, prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement, and the Thurston and King County juvenile courts. Innovations HTC has a strong presence within Indian Country and is often called upon to deliver training and assist in human trafficking protocol development on tribal land. We have conducted training and technical assistance with 19 tribal nations across Turtle Island, including the ACF Administration for Native American Grantees in 2017.
We have recently joined forces with The Yarrow Project, Survivor Re-Entry Legal Project, and have some incredible events planned, such as the second Human Trafficking in Indian Country conference in February, and further trainings throughout Washington State and the nation.