Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. To help answer the call to care for those who are suffering, we convened a group of law enforcement, social service agencies, medical and mental health providers, civic leaders as well as community volunteers. This group, known as the Southwest Iowa Coalition on Human Trafficking, has been meeting for well over a year. All organizations participating in the coalition are cooperating organizations; however, Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation, Catholic Charities and the two Council Bluffs Rotary Clubs have taken leadership roles. The coalition consists of the following organizations: Ameristar, Catholic Charities, Charles E. Lakin Campus, CHI Mercy Hospital, Council Bluffs Centennial Rotary, Council Bluffs Noon Rotary, Council Bluffs Police Department, Seven Counties that make up the Fourth Judicial District, FBI/Victim Advocate, Harrah’s, Heartland Family Service, Hope Net Ministries, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office, Pottawattamie County Victim/Witness, Promise Partners, Salvation Army, Visiting Nurses Association, Women's Center for Advancement of Omaha and Women's Fund of Omaha. Several community members and independent professionals also serve as members of the coalition.
We established a steering committee to lead the work as well as seven working committees to plan and implement numerous goals and objectives. Community Awareness/Marketing, Community Presentations, Hotel & Motel Training/School and Youth Education, Conference, Fundraising, Law Enforcement, Medical Training and Services to Survivors.
The Coalition meets every other month. On the off months, the committees meet.
Interested in in hearing more about the coalition or attending one of our meetings? Send us your information and we will add you to our mailing list.