Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking
(WashACT)

WASHACT

What is the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking?

CALENDAR

WashACT Info Sessions and Events.

VICTIM ASSISTANCE

Resources for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking

RESOURCES

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WASHACT CO-CHAIRS

Leadership Information for WashACT

WASHACT MEMBERS

Information About Participating Member Organizations.

MEMBER PORTAL

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CONTACT

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WashACT is a multi-disciplinary task force convened in 2005 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington (USAO-WDWA). WashACT’s mission is to ensure the victims of trafficking receive all resources available to them and that human traffickers are identified, investigated and prosecuted to the utmost extent of the law. Since its founding, WashACT has led the fight against human trafficking in Washington State through its collaborative, victim-centered task force.

WashACT is co-chaired by Lt. Jim Fitzgerald, the Commander of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) Vice High Risk Victims Unit, Kate Crisham, Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) for the USAO-WDWA, and Kathleen Morris, Deputy Director of the International Rescue Committee in Seattle (IRC). In addition to the USAO-WDWA, SPD, and IRC Seattle, WashACT is comprised of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and a myriad of local, state, and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations working to combat human trafficking. IRC Seattle leads a coalition of victim service organizations known as the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN); all WARN partners are members of WashACT. The WashACT Core Team is a sub-group of task force partners working directly on human trafficking cases as comprised of WARN staff who support survivors involved in investigations and prosecutions; law enforcement agents working cases from SPD, HSI, the FBI, and other agencies; victim specialists from these agencies; and the AUSA designated as the Human Trafficking Point of Contact at the USAO-WDWA, who leads human trafficking prosecutions.

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is defined as:

Using force, fraud or coercion to compel someone to perform labor (such as factory work, in restaurants, hotels, construction, and as domestic servants) or engage in a commercial sex act or the commercial sexual exploitation of a minor.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. A grave human rights abuse, it promotes the breakdown of families and communities, fuels organized crime, deprives countries of human capital, undermines public health, and creates opportunities for extortion and subversion among government.

Victim Assistance

If you need urgent assistance or someone is in immediate danger, please call 911.

To report possible human trafficking or to obtain information on services for trafficked persons, call:

1.888.3737.888

For direct victim assistance, contact the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN) Victim Assistance Line:

206.245.0782

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