Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force
The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) is the state’s primary organization that works to prevent trafficking, protect victims by providing them with the services they need, prosecute traffickers, and partner with a variety of organizations to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking from our communities. The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) was formed in 2007 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General of Maryland, and the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City to serve as the lead investigative, prosecutorial, and victim services coordinating body for anti-human trafficking activity in the State of Maryland. We are a multidisciplinary team of agencies and organizations committed to a victim-centered approach in the fight against human trafficking in Maryland.
The SAFE Center sits on the task force’s steering committee and serves as the co-chair of the legislative, medical, and labor trafficking subcommittees.
- In partnership with the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force Legislative Subcommittee, the SAFE Center supported and advocated for the three anti-trafficking bills passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2019 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan in May 2019. Review our full 2019 Legislative Report here.
- As co-chair of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force’s the Medical Subcommittee, the SAFE Center partnered with the Maryland Hospital Association to produce comprehensive Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Healthcare Providers – the first update on the state’s guidelines for identifying and supporting survivors of human trafficking in the hospital setting. To date, approximately 650 healthcare providers have received SAFE Center training on the guidelines.
- By initiating and co-chairing the first Labor Trafficking Subcommittee within the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force and the Prince George’s County Human Trafficking Task Force, we are convening and training key stakeholders in labor and health inspection agencies, states attorney’s offices, workers’ rights groups, and others to partner with us in enhancing the state of Maryland’s anti-labor trafficking efforts.