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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 Traffi