Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force

BJA Program(s): Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative
State(s): ND

Jurisdiction(s): State-wide

Grantee Agency: North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2014/600,000

About the Program:

The Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking provides funding to support the development and enhancement of multidisciplinary task forces that implement collaborative approaches to combat all forms of human trafficking.

This program, organized jointly by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office for Victims of Crime, has supported a successful multidisciplinary task force in North Dakota. It has allowed law enforcement in North Dakota to collaborate with a victim services agency and ensure the goals of each agency are in alignment as they work together to end human trafficking.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is the lead law enforcement agency in this effort and works closely with federal homeland security agents. There are 10 local law enforcement agencies across North Dakota that are taking part in the local multidisciplinary teams that are developing a coordinated response to trafficking in their communities.

These local teams are facilitated by task force regional navigators, who are the core staff within the North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force.

Moving forward, the goal is for local law enforcement affiliates to grow in their capacity to investigate human trafficking through intensive training, conducting proactive operations with regional experts and through supportive assistance on cases and on gathering intelligence.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

In June, the North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force engaged in a multi-jurisdictional collaboration to conduct a proactive sting of buyers.

The sting netted the arrests of 18 men, age 20 to 62, in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota. Those arrested were charged with patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity, a Class A felony, which carries with it a potential 20 year jail sentence.

Law enforcement officials saw that the results of the sting really brought local law enforcement agencies on board with the task force's work by seeing the level of demand in their community for purchasing commercial sex for minors.

Since the funding was allocated, task force navigators have been working with local law enforcement agencies to conduct trainings. Moving forward, there are intensive investigations trainings planned for January 2017.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Savannah Schmidt
Grants/Contracts Officer
Email: srschmidt@nd.gov
Phone: 701-328-5132

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