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Human Trafficking Awareness 2019 Conference Invitation

Howard County Conference on Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention:

Taking the Next Steps / Howard Community College / Columbia, MD

$35/person / Limited Seating / Register at

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Howard County Office of Human Trafficking Prevention

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive / Columbia, MD 21046


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 sexual 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 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.  We subscribe to the “No Wrong Door” policy – any trafficking victim/survivor who needs assistance can receive help and referrals through us or our partner agencies such as HopeWorks or Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center (410-531-6677)

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 sexual or labor trafficking, contact the Office of Human Trafficking Prevention at 410-313-6400 (voice/relay) or  We look forward to hearing from you soon. 




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




Mark Breaux

Howard County Realtor


Marcus Brown


*Mark Verderaime



Karen S. Butler


Howard County Department of Social Services

*Nancy Voight

Child Protective Services Administrator


Sara Cochran



*Leslie Petak



Janssen Evelyn

Acting Administrator

Howard County Office of Human Rights

*Farheen Sheik

Public Outreach Coordinator


Rich Gibson, Jr.

State’s Attorney for Howard County

*Jennifer W. Ritter

Senior State’s Attorney 


Ayesha Holmes

Executive Director

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center

*Sara Smoley

Assistant Director


Leslie Iampieri

Director of Social Work and Chaplaincy

Interim Director of Case Management and Utilization Review

Howard County General Hospital


James LeMon

Executive Director of Community, Parent and School Outreach

Howard County Public School System

*Irene Shola Bademosi

Counselor on Special Assignment


Lisa D. Myers


Howard County Police Department

*Cory Zirk



Dianne Paulus


Howard County Commission for Women


Jennifer Pollitt Hill

Executive Director

HopeWorks of Howard County

*Samantha Samuel-Nakka

Anti-Trafficking Coordinator


Maura J. Rossman, M.D.


Howard County Health Department

*Andrea M. Raid

Assistant Director of Nursing


Wendy Schoonmaker

Advocate and Survivor


Jacqueline R. Scott, Chair


Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services

*Cheryl Mattis

Deputy Director


Suellen Seigel

Community Member and Volunteer


*-Designees are indicated by the presence of an asterisk before the name.


Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services:

Sidney Ford, Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinator

Cara Baumgartner, Administrative Assistant



HTPCC Minutes

2019 Council minutes to be posted here





Executive Order 2017-2 (Establishing HTPCC)

Is Someone You Know a Victim of Human Trafficking?

If you or someone you know may be a victim of sexual or labor trafficking, please call the Grassroots Crisis Center hotline at 410-531-6677For anyone in immediate danger, call 911. 

For more information on human trafficking, call the Office of Human Trafficking Prevention at 410-313-6558 or contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.