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Core Focus:

Identify and offer comprehensive services for victims/survivors of human trafficking. 

Stabilize victims/survivors with the goal of assisting them to live a positive lifestyle.

Investigate and Prosecute traffickers (when desired by victims/survivors and when necessary).

 

Core Values

Safety

Community Awareness

Collaboration

Empathy

Justice

Accountability

Sustainability

Who We Are

The Milwaukee Joint Human Trafficking Task Force (MJHTTF) is an Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) task force that uses a multidisciplinary team of experts to combat human trafficking in a victim-centered way.  The experts on this task force consist of law enforcement of all levels, Non-Government Organizations, and Legal Services.    

The leadership team is also called the Core Team.  The Core Team consists of the two grantees which are the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Sensitive Crimes and Sojourner Family Peace Center (SFPC) plus the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO).    

The MJHTTF uses a collaborative approach to combat all forms of human trafficking—sex trafficking and labor trafficking—of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages within the United States. OVC and BJA intend for funding through this program to be used to assist communities in developing effective and sustainable multidisciplinary task forces that will implement victim-centered and coordinated approaches to identifying victims of all types of human trafficking, addressing the individualized needs of victims through quality services, and investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. This task force is determined to do no harm.

Guiding Principles:

The Milwaukee Joint Human Trafficking Task Force (MJHTTF) will always use the best practices for the victims/survivors of human trafficking.  The best practices used will be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Enhanced Collaborative Model to combat human trafficking.  The following applies to all partners including law enforcement, victim service providers, and prosecutors. 

  • Relationships are important. 
  • We treat each other with professionalism, respect, trust and discretion.   
  • We collaborate with each other to fulfill the requirements of the grant. 
  • Because the task force is here for a common goal, we do not take things personally, but work for the common good. 
  • We maintain confidentiality and only share information when following an agreed upon process and while obeying all laws, rules and regulations.  
  • We create and use community awareness and training tools that are victim centered, trauma informed, and adjusted for targeted audiences with a consistent core message that represents the Enhanced Collaborative Model to combatting human trafficking and is approved by the funder. 
  • We use materials that are victim centered and respectful.  We do not use negative imagery in any of the MJHTTF learning tools, educational materials or photos.   
  • We provide quality services that are accessible and culturally appropriate to all victims and survivors of all forms of human trafficking. 
  • We always do our best regardless of whom we are working with, meeting people where they are. 
  • Victims/Survivors of human trafficking have the right to privacy, and we protect their information so that it remains confidential. 

 

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Our Core Team

The leadership team is also called the core team. The core team consist of the two grantees which are the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Sensitive Crimes and Sojourner Family Peace Center (SFPC) plus the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO)

The MJHTTF uses a collaborative approach to combat all forms of human trafficking—sex trafficking and labor trafficking—of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages within the United States. OVC and BJA intend for funding through this program to be used to assist communities in developing effective and sustainable multidisciplinary task forces that will implement victim-centered and coordinated approaches to identifying victims of all types of human trafficking, addressing the individualized needs of victims through quality services, and investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. This task force is determined to do no harm.    

Our primary goals are to ensure the safety of victims of family violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers through opportunities to make positive and lasting changes for themselves and their children. 

Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year. Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence achieve safety, justice and well-being. 

In 2017, Sojourner made 79,190 contacts with 11,346 individuals. Of those served, approximately 59% were African American, 22% Caucasian, 12% Hispanic, and 7% Asian, Native American, mixed race, or other. Nearly 80% of survivors reported an annual household income of less than $15,000, and the vast majority of our clients resided in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods on the north and south sides of the city. 

The Milwaukee Police Department is the police department organized under the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The department has a contingent of about 1,800 sworn officers when at full strength and is divided into seven districts. Alfonso Morales is the current chief of police, serving since February 2018, with two months of that under interim status.  

The Sensitive Crimes Division is responsible for investigating crimes against children and crimes of sensitive nature which includes: domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, interference with child custody, missing persons, prostitution, and human trafficking. 

The Eastern District of Wisconsin is comprised of the following 28 counties in eastern Wisconsin: Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Green Lake, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Milwaukee, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Shawano, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago. 

The Criminal Division has primary responsibility for prosecuting violations of a variety of federal criminal statutes. Suspected violations of federal law are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies (such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, IRS, ICE/HSI, the United States Secret Service, and others) as well as by our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners.