9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
Our mandate to work against sex and labor trafficking in Howard County is supported in part through the work of the Howard County Human Trafficking Prevention Coordination Council (HTPCC), an appointed and voluntary body which held its first meeting in December 2017. The HTPCC was made permanent by County legislation, (CB 52-2019) that took effect in January 2020.
The Office of Human Trafficking Prevention aligns with the values and standards of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, partnering with anti-trafficking agencies and organizations which conform responsibly to best practices in the field.
Commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness Month by joining us VIRTUALLY on January 25th At 7pm for a virtual screening and panel discussion of PBS Frontline’s Trafficked in America, which investigates how a group of teenagers from Guatemala were forced to work against their will at an Ohio egg farm and how their case illuminates the problem of labor trafficking in the U.S.
Advocates and officials throughout Howard County's human trafficking prevention network take part in the annual international Red Sand Project. Watch full video now.
Identifying Indicators of Human Trafficking, Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center
These trainings are free, self-paced and available online anytime.
Come to our meetings.
All Full HTPCC and small committee meetings are open to the public and we welcome new participants to broaden our network and contribute to our work. Check out our past full and committee meeting agendas and join us!
Looking for other ways to volunteer? We recommend these 2 outstanding local partners:
HopeWorks of Howard County – Howard County’s direct service provider to adult survivors of human trafficking, and other forms of IPV, based in Columbia.
Araminta Freedom Initiative - Based in Baltimore.
Howard County OHTP Joins Statewide Anti-Trafficking Leaders in Supporting Survivors at Charles Nabit federal sentencing on September 27, 2021.
The full HTPCC meets on a bi-monthly basis and convenes smaller project-driven committees and ad hoc workgroups as needed. No confidential information is discussed. All meetings are publicized in advance on this webpage and are open to the public. Attendance is recorded and reflected in each full meetings’ minutes, which are approved at the next full HTPCC meeting. Ex officio members within County government and the composition and number of public members are dictated by the Coordination Council’s founding legislation (CB 52-2019). Terms of the public members are staggered and vary in length and appointments are made as needed by the County Executive.