The Governor and First Lady understand the importance of having a statewide response focused on eradicating human trafficking in Georgia. In that vein, they have tasked the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council with carrying forward the dedicated response to addressing the need for a unified protocol that works to serve Georgia’s victims of human trafficking.
For years, the Governor has made this issue priority both in initiatives and in capital, and has appropriated funding to the Governor’s Office for Children and Families to provide for the direct service response. That response has thus far been tri-fold: the creation of Georgia Cares; the creation of the CSEC Task Force; and the support of research and evaluation for data driven decision-making.
Due to changes at the Governor’s Office for Children and Families in July 2014, that funding has now been directed to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to continue the work being conducted throughout the State of Georgia. Therefore, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is now the backbone support and coordinating agency for the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force (previously the CSEC Task Force); the statewide human trafficking trainings; human trafficking research and evaluation; and numerous other initiatives working to combat human trafficking in Georgia. Because Governor Deal realizes the importance of unwavering support, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will be providing full-time management and leadership for the collective work of the Task Force and concurring initiatives moving forward. The Governor realizes one entity cannot combat this issue alone, and is grateful for the resources and talents of many state and local agencies, organizations, and individuals that continue to contribute to the group’s efforts working toward the collective mission of the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force.