The Oakland County Board of Commissioners (BOC) recognizes the seriousness of human trafficking and the ongoing threat it poses to vulnerable adults and children, as well as to the safety of all the people of Oakland County. The Oakland County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) was created in January 2017 under the authorization of the BOC. The goal of the OCHTTF is to serve as the leading resource for Oakland County in the prevention of the cruel and illegal activity of human trafficking, and in the protection and rehabilitation of victims, through education, advocacy and collaboration.
The OCHTTF leadership is bi-partisan and works in conjunction with a core group of representatives from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, the Oakland County Circuit Court Family/Youth Assistance, Oakland Schools, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the victim services agencies of CARE House and Common Ground.
- Michael Spisz, Board Vice Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org
- Janet Jackson, Commissioner email@example.com
- Eileen Kowall, Commissioner firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services email@example.com
- Tom Scheuer, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lt. Wendy Reyes, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office email@example.com 248-858-0700
- Mary Schusterbauer, Oakland County Youth Assistance-Circuit Court firstname.lastname@example.org
- Susan Benson, Oakland Schools email@example.com 248-209-2437
- Yvonne Cameron, CARE House of Oakland County firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reginald Andrieux, Common Ground email@example.com
Goals & Objectives
The OCHTTF engages and collaborates with numerous county agencies to:
- collect and analyze information on human trafficking in Oakland County
- improve public awareness of the crime of human trafficking and preventative measures that can be taken
- plan, coordinate and implement community events to expand awareness, provide education and training, and prevent human trafficking
- improve information sharing and coordination of activities among organizations combating human trafficking
- review and make recommendations for existing programs and services aimed at prevention and rehabilitation of victims
- provide informational materials to assist victims with accessing available programs and services
- identify opportunities to provide information and training to law enforcement, judicial departments, social service agencies, healthcare organizations, educational institutions and other appropriate entities
- identify sources of funding to combat human trafficking in Oakland County and make recommendations to appropriate agencies to access funding when available
- make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding potential changes in federal, state, county or local policies or laws to enhance efforts to prevent and combat human trafficking
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free at 1-888-373-7888 or text "HELP" or "INFO" to BeFree (233733). In case of an emergency, call 911.