Preventing and combating human trafficking promoting justice and healing for victims and survivors in the state of Louisiana

The Office of Human Trafficking Prevention serves as a lead governmental agency responsible for coordinating and implementing statewide efforts to prevent human trafficking and to address the needs of survivors. The Office is also tasked with coordinating resources of public-private entities that develop, manage, and operate supportive services for human trafficking victims. The Office utilizes a survivor-informed and trauma-informed approach to guide its work and follows the nationally recognized framework of the 4-P’s to combat human trafficking: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnerships. The Office also provides leadership and oversight of The Louisiana Human Trafficking Prevention Commission and Advisory Board and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Taskforce (MMIWG).

Objectives

Statewide data collection and reporting of investigations and victim services

Identify and research best practices

Assess and evaluate human trafficking activity and hot spots

Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to prevent human trafficking and address the needs of victims

Increase public awareness through education, outreach and training

Build a statewide network and care coordination model

Staff

Dr. Dana Hunter
Executive Director
Dana.hunter@la.gov

 

Ashley Bourgeois
Program Assistant
Ashley.bourgeois@la.gov

 

Mary Kate Andrepont
Program Manager
MaryKate.Andrepont@la.gov