Just Ask is an organization that has established a proven record of effective awareness and prevention training to high school and college age students. The Just Ask Prevention Project was founded by a collaborative effort of professionals and community volunteers who bring to the table an expertise on human trafficking. The methodology employed by Just Ask has been noted by the White House as an effective method of preventing human trafficking and educating the community to become more proactive in identifying and reporting trafficking to the authorities. The role of the Just Ask Prevention Project will be in the development of educational materials and delivery of the materials and workshops.
Founded in 2004, the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations dedicated to
- (1) investigating and prosecuting those engaged in sex trafficking, forced labor, and closely related crimes;
- (2) identifying, rescuing, and providing services to victims of human trafficking, and
- (3) conducting training,
community outreach, and public awareness efforts.
The Northern Virginia Community College has offered a quality and convenient educational experience as the largest public educational institution in Virginia and the second-largest community college in the United States, with more than 75,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. NOVA has a student body coming from 138 countries.
NOVA has formed a committee to raise awareness human trafficking among faculty, staff, and students across all six campuses. In partnership with 2 local Rotary Clubs and Just Ask, the college will conduct an awareness campaign using web and print resources as well as workshops, presentations, and speakers. We plan to use resources from a variety of sources including the Department of Homeland Security, the Virginia Attorney General, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and a variety of community organizations. When possible, we will conduct assessments of activities to determine their effectiveness. We will also develop a robust referral network to assist victims of human trafficking.