Fighting Human Trafficking

California's Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces

In 2004 and 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded grants to create six regional task forces in California to combat human trafficking. In 2009 and 2010, the California Emergency Management Agency used American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funds to supplement the original six task forces and establish three new regional task forces.

From mid-2010 to mid-2012, California's nine regional human trafficking task forces identified 1,277 victims, initiated 2,552 investigations, and arrested 1,798 individuals. As part of their work to combat human trafficking, the task forces also provide training to a variety of audiences on how to identify and respond to the crime. In the same two-year period, California's task forces provided training to 25,591 law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other first responders.

California's regional anti-human trafficking task forces employ a comprehensive, victim-centered approach and are made up of law enforcement and local, state, and federal prosecutors, as well as other governmental leaders and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Task Forces and Lead NGOs

East Bay Human Trafficking Task Force

  • Oakland Police Department (510) 238-3349
  • Alameda County District Attorney’s Office H.E.A.T. (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Unit (510) 272-6222
  • Bay Area Women Against Rape, Oakland (510) 430-1298

Fresno Coalition Against Human Trafficking

  • Fresno Police Department (559) 621-5951
  • Central Valley Against Human Trafficking, Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission (559) 263-1000
  • Marjaree Mason Center, Fresno (559) 237-4706

Los Angeles Metro Area Task Force on Human Trafficking

  • Los Angeles Police Department (213) 486-6840
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), Los Angeles (213) 365-1906

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North Bay Human Trafficking Task Force

Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force

Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

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Sacramento Innocence Lost Task Force

  • Sacramento County Sheriff's Department & Federal Bureau of Investigation (916) 874-3916
  • Courage Worldwide/Courage House, Rocklin (916) 517-1616
  • Sacramento Rescue & Restore Coalition A program of the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (916) 263-3800

San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force

San Diego North County Anti-Trafficking Task Force

  • San Diego Sheriff's Department, Vista Substation (760) 806 5352
  • North County Lifeline, Vista (760) 726-4900

San Joaquin County

  • San Joaquin Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services (209) 948-1911

San Jose/South Bay Human Trafficking Task Force

Stanislaus County

  • Without Permission (209) 277-7758 - 24hr hotline
  • Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus (209) 524-4331 (209) 577-5980 - 24hr hotline
  • Stanislaus Family Justice Center (209) 525-5130

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