9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
OHTP serves as the Department’s non-law enforcement lead on human trafficking in Howard County. The office works across multiple disciplines focused on local system improvements, responsibly raising awareness of trafficking and the development of new rights-based outreach and other survivor-centered initiatives.
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 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.
Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled sex or labor. Any person under the age of 18 who is engaged in commercial sex acts, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion, is a victim of human trafficking.
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center
Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force
These trainings are free, self-paced and available online.
Office of Victims of Crime Training Materials
Human Trafficking 101 - UM School of Social Work
Framework: Trafficking Outreach Fundamentals
There are several ways you can get involved:
Looking for ways to volunteer? While we do not currently have any volunteer opportunities available, some of our partners do! Click on the links below to learn more about service providers in our community seeking volunteers.
TurnAround, Inc. - Based in Howard County, Baltimore City and County.
Araminta Freedom Initiative - Based in Baltimore.
Howard County Police Non-Emergency: (410) 313- 2929 (all ages)
Howard County DSS Child Protective Services: 410-872-4203 (minors)
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Andrea Nunez, Manager, Office of Human Trafficking Prevention at 410-313-6558 (voice/relay) or [email protected].
Briana McNemar, Program Assistant, Office of Human Trafficking Prevention at 410-313-5967 (voice/relay) or [email protected].
Would you like to schedule a presentation for your community group? Follow the link below to submit a request to the Office of Human Trafficking Prevention. Responses will be acknowledged within 1 week of receipt. If you have any problems completing this form contact Briana McNemar directly at [email protected] or by phone at 410-313-5967.
The Howard County Office of Human Trafficking Prevention is pleased to announce our new partnership with TurnAround to provide comprehensive services to all victims of human trafficking in Howard County with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime and the Maryland Office for Crime and Youth Prevention Services.
TurnAround is a leading non-profit organization that currently provides free wraparound services for survivors of human trafficking, sexual abuse and intimate partner violence in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. This funding has allowed TurnAround to expand available services to victims of human trafficking in Howard County, dedicating multiple full-time staff to provide high quality, trauma informed, and victim centered services including emergency shelter, trauma therapy, case management, advocacy and more.
TurnAround is available from the Howard County MultiService Center located at 9900 Washington Blvd N, Laurel, MD 20723 as well as its other office locations in Towson and Baltimore City. For immediate assistance for you or someone you know, call TurnAround's 24/7 hotline, 443-279-0379 or text TurnAround's 24/7 textline, 410-498-5956.
If you have general questions call TurnAround's general line at 410-837-7000. More information about TurnAround can be found on their website: https://www.turnaroundinc.org/.
Howard County's Office of Human Trafficking Prevention hosts a virtual screening and panel discussion of PBS Frontline’s Trafficked in America, to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Watch the recorded discussion now.
Howard County OHTP Joins Statewide Anti-Trafficking Leaders in Supporting Survivors at Charles Nabit federal sentencing on September 27, 2021. Watch full video now.
A panel of law enforcement, anti-Human Trafficking, and children's advocates discuss the ways to prevent and raise awareness against sexual assault in Howard County. Watch the recorded event now.
Advocates and officials throughout Howard County's human trafficking prevention network take part in the annual international Red Sand Project. Watch full video now.
Read about Human Trafficking Awareness Month event in the Baltimore Sun
Read about the Human Trafficking Red Sand Ceremony in the Baltimore Sun
Press Conference to announce Grant Award from the US Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crimes
Read about the grant award in the Baltimore Sun
Who to Call Awareness Flier - This flier is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese. To access the file in each language, click the language listed above.
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.
This website is funded in part through grant number 2020-VT-BX-K020, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, policies, and any services or tools provided).