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

Alameda County H.E.A.T. Watch Tip Line:
1-510-208-4959
Office of the District Attorney, Alameda County
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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Bay Area H.E.A.T. Coalition

The Bay Area H.E.A.T. Coalition (BAHC) was established to increase communication, cooperation, and collaboration between local, state, and federal law enforcement, service providers, systems, community members, and existing human trafficking task forces in the Bay Area. BAHC’s main purpose is to:

  1. Enhance local efforts to increase victim identification and recovery as well as effective investigation and prosecution of local and multi-jurisdictional trafficking cases;
  2. Support and coordinate existing and emerging local service provider networks to fully function at the regional level
  3. Coordinate existing task forces and local law enforcement efforts to proactively function at a regional level;
  4. Create and support regional capacity to identify trafficking trends and patterns throughout the Bay Area.

Regional Multi-Disciplinary H.E.A.T. Watch Trainings occur quarterly and are meant to increase awareness of best practices for proactively responding to and combating human trafficking. Trainings are run in partnership with various CSEC-specific or aware agencies, and are structured to include and enhance victim identification and a victim centered approach, vigorous investigation, charging and prosecution of CSEC cases, and strategic and targeted community training and outreach activities.

H.E.A.T. Watch National Conference in 2012 provided over 500 conference participants with cutting edge curriculum from 67 nationally recognized human trafficking experts. We also provided attendees with with H.E.A.T. Watch Tool Kits containing core components and strategies of model H.E.A.T. Watch programs, so that attendees can utilize and replicate such programs in their own jurisdictions. ACDAO will convene and co-sponsor the National CSEC Conference in partnership with key partner agencies of BAHC, and assemble a wide range of nationally recognized policy makers to discuss best practices and strategies for effective collaboration to combat domestic minor sex trafficking on local, regional, and national levels.

BAHC recognizes that it takes a village to rescue a child and prosecute a trafficker. By joining forces and leveraging financial resources, BAHC strives to ensure CSEC receive the assistance they need to be safe and grow strong, by reaching out to those who can help rescue and protect them from abuse, and by holding those who exploit them accountable. To partner with us and join BAHC, contact info@heatwatch.org.