Human Trafficking Response in Virginia

In 2013, the first state level advisory group was established by former Governor Robert F. McDonnell when he signed Executive Directive 7: Comprehensive, Coordinated State Response to the Problem of Human Trafficking. This group was called the Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinating Committee and was comprised of representatives from each state agency. In subsequent years, several pieces of legislation were enacted to support human trafficking prevention and response efforts.

In 2019, the Virginia General Assembly approved the Code of Virginia § 9.1-116.5 which became effective on July 1, 2019. This established a State Trafficking Response Coordinator within the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. This position is to establish a consistent, collaborative, multi-disciplinary response system to working with human trafficking survivors. This includes responding to the case from both a victim services and legal perspective. This position collaborates with state and local government agencies, private providers, non-profits, and other NGOs throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

What Is Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a criminal activity in which people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Two forms of human trafficking are sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Human trafficking can occur anywhere, within and across U.S. borders, victimizing both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, both children and adults, and across all gender identities.

Resources & Helpful Websites

The Virginia Human Trafficking Resource Guide

The Virginia Human Trafficking Resource Guide is divided into 7 regions. These regions correspond to the Virginia State Police (VSP) Office Location map that can be viewed here

How to Report Human Trafficking

If you are experiencing a life threatening situation call 9-1-1.

Juveniles:

  • Call the Virginia CPS Hotline at (800) 552-7096. You can locate your local CPS Office by clicking HERE.
  • If your child is currently missing call your local law enforcement office.

Adults:

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888 or Text “Help” or “Info” to 233733
  • Virginia Victims Assistance Network (VVAN): (833) INFO-4-HT

Contact Us

Angella Alvernaz
State Trafficking Response Coordinator
(804) 517 -8695
angella.alvernaz@dcjs.virginia.gov