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H.E.A.T. Watch – Stop Human Exploitation and Trafficking

Alameda County H.E.A.T. Watch Tip Line:
Office of the District Attorney, Alameda County
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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How did H.E.A.T Watch begin?

H.E.A.T. Watch began in its earliest forms in 1994 when the Alameda Country District Attorney's Office created a pilot program to address and improve services for sexually exploited youth, and to prosecute the adults who were exploiting them. The H.E.A.T Unit (created in 2005) included prosecutors, investigators, victim advocates and support staff.

In 2009, the H.E.A.T. Watch Program was created to implement strong prevention and intervention strategies, offer a blueprint for communities to build their own efforts against trafficking, and provide victimized youth with all the resources they need to be safe.

The program has developed over the past twenty years and H.E.A.T. Watch is now a nationally recognized and award-winning program. Our mission is to develop an effective, comprehensive, collaborative and regional response to human trafficking of all forms; to provide tools, education and community engagement to change societal, legal and institutional approaches; and to support victims and hold their offenders accountable.

“Our H.E.A.T. Watch blueprint guides other communities in their effort to combat exploitation in their neighborhoods. This is more than geographic regionalization, this must be an organization of community partners cooperating for one common goal. We extend an invitation to our surrounding counties to participate in H.E.A.T. Watch, and join our local, regional and national efforts to combat human trafficking,” says Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.