Howard County Office of Human Trafficking Prevention

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive / Columbia, MD 21046
Andrea Nunez / Manager / 410-313-6558 (voice/relay)

 

Mission, History and Current Work:

The Office of Human Trafficking Prevention’s mission is to help prevent human trafficking in Howard County, Maryland, and beyond.  Its mandate to prevent both sex and labor trafficking is fulfilled in part through the work of the Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council (HTPCC), an appointed and voluntary body which held its first meeting in December 2017.   

The Council meets on a bi-monthly basis and convenes workgroups as needed.  No confidential information is discussed.  All meetings are publicized in advance on this webpage and are open to the public.

Our office is a part of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, led by Jacqueline R. Scott, Director, and Cheryl Mattis, Deputy Director.

The Office of Human Trafficking Prevention also aligns with the values and standards of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, partnering with anti-trafficking agencies and organizations which conform to the best practices in the field.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the HTPCC or how you can join the fight against trafficking, contact Andrea Nunez, Manager, Office of Human Trafficking Prevention at 410-313-6558 (voice/relay) or anunez@howardcountymd.gov.  We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

 

How to Report Human Trafficking in Howard County

 

 

 

Howard County Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council 2019 Report & Recommendations

Cover of the 2019 HCHTCC Report

The information collected and provided in the  report serves as a status update on what steps have been taken over the past 18 months, as well as the recommended steps continue to combat the problem of human trafficking within Howard County. Read the full report.

Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council (HTPCC) Upcoming Meetings

The next Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council general meeting is to be announced.  Information will be made available here as soon as it is scheduled.  Thank you for your interest!

HTPCC Appointed Members and Designees

HOWARD COUNTY HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION

COORDINATING COUNCIL – MEMBERS AND DESIGNEES *

 

Chair: Yolanda Sonnier, Esq. Administrator, Howard County Office of Human Rights (elected July 22, 2020)

 

Vice Chair: Rev. Delavago Scruggs, Grants Manager, Howard County Community Action Council (elected July 22, 2020)

 

Ex Officio Members

  1. Jackie Scott, J.D., M.L., Director, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services
  2. Yolanda Sonnier, Esq. Administrator, Howard County Office of Human Rights
  3. Richard Gibson, Jr., Esq., Howard County State’s Attorney
  4. Lisa Myers, Chief, Howard County Police Department & Lt. Eric Kruhm, HCPD Vice and Narcotics Unit.
  5. Jessica Obiageli Epps, Howard County Commission for Women
  6. Stephen Liggett-Creel, LCSW-C, Director, Howard County Department of Social Services
  7. Jay Prager, LEHS, Environmental Health Constituent Liaison, Bureau of Environmental Health, Howard County Department of Health
  8. Dina Ward, Victim Advocate, Howard County Sheriff’s Office
  9. Lisa Davis, Director, Program Innovation and Student Well-Being, Howard County Public School System
  10. Samantha Samuel-Nakka, M.Sc., Deputy Director of Services (previously Anti-Trafficking Department Director), HopeWorks of Howard County (formerly Domestic Violence Center)
    1. Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2025 (CR 49-2020)
  11. Sara Smoley, LCSW-C, Director of Clinical and Crisis Services, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
    1. Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2025 (CR 51-2020)
  12. Leslie Iampieri, LCSW-C, Director, Patient Support Services, Howard County General Hospital (A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine)
    1. Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2025 (CR 47-2020)
  13. Sara Cochran, Founder/Lead Organizer, Howard County AGAST (Advocacy Group Against Slavery & Trafficking)

Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2025 (CR 45-2020)

 

Public Members

  1. Donna Bauer GPHR, PHR (Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2022 (CR 43-2020)) 
  2. Rev. Delavago Scruggs (Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2024 (CR 50-2020)) 
  3. Monica Krebs (Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2023 (CR 48-2020)) 
  4. Andrew Heilinger, M.B.A. (Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2024 (CR 46-2020) 
  5. Jon Steuernagle, M.D. (Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2021 (CR 52-2020)) 
  6. Alicia Altamirano, Esq. (Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2022 (CR 42-2020)) 
  7. Chuck Chandler (Term Expiration Date: May 4, 2021 (CR 44-2020)) 

 

 

HTPCC Minutes

June 22 2020 Meeting Minutes

 

 

 

 

County Council Legislation Establishing the HTPCC (CB 52-2019)

County Council Legislation Establishing the HTPCC (CB 52-2019)