EXAMINING THE RESPONSE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS TO VICTIMS OF MODERN SLAVERY: A CASE STUDY OF THE ORANGE COUNTY HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE
Mentor:Bronwyn Leebaw, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California Riverside
This thesis examines the role of non-governmental organizations and law enforcement in combatting human trafficking in the United States with particular emphasis on the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). An in-depth descriptive case study on the OCHTTF is presented with focus on both organizational structure and goals of the task force. The role of the federal government in funding and training task forces through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office for Victims of Crime is also discussed. Data collection relied on public information through existing sources and field interviews with various agency representatives within the OCHTTF. The data presented here provides insight into the most localized and collaborative efforts of the United States government in combatting human trafficking domestically.