Freedom is a fundamental human right. It is a cornerstone of what makes us human. Yet, across the world and in our own communities, this right has been stripped from far too many as they are forced, tricked, and coerced into situations over which they have no control. They are robbed of those same rights that we value most.
Since its beginning in 2007, the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking has identified human trafficking as a prevalent, yet often unrecognized, issue in Northeast Ohio. It was in response to the need for awareness and advocacy that the organization has brought together local professionals and members of religious female communities to create a community-wide call to action, seeking a systemic, multi-disciplinary response to human trafficking in this region.
Today, this ever-growing collaboration includes diverse communities, businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations. In partnership with them, the Collaborative equips the community with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to address human trafficking. We provide leadership and expertise that empowers the community, making it easier to identify and support those impacted by the crime and to eradicate those factors that enable the crime.
From the Collaborative’s broad public-awareness campaign, Human Trafficking Happens Here Too, to the development of suggested best practices across healthcare, public safety, hospitality and other sectors, the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking exists to uphold every person’s fundamental right to freedom and dignity.
Mission: Lead, empower, and connect our community to eradicate human trafficking.
Vision: A world without human trafficking, one community at a time.
The Way: We provide leadership and expertise to empower a systemic, community-wide response to human trafficking.
The Work: We equip organizations and individuals with the knowledge, tools, and resources to address human trafficking by increasing public awareness, delivering tailored trainings, and facilitating multi-disciplinary collaboration. As the backbone organization of a 60+ organization membership program called Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, we provide strategic leadership to create social change.
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking provides programs for Awareness, Education, Training & Technical Assistance, Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response, and Community Engagement.
Patrice McCarthy, PhD, RN, CNS, Chair
Professor, Notre Dame College (Retired)
Teresan W. Gilbert, Vice Chair
Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, The Lubrizol Corporation
Michael A. Shemo, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair, Chair Emeritus
President, Wolf Investors, LLC
Thomas J. Scanlon, Secretary
Owner, Hawkins and Company, LLC
Michael P. Coyne, Governance Committee Chair
Co-Founder, Waldheger Coyne, A Legal Professional Association
Sean W. Hardy, Development Committee Chair
Senior Vice President, Hardy Wealth Partners
Owner, The Quilting Bee
Chief Financial Officer, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland & East Central Ohio
Daniel J. Flannery, PhD
Professor and Director, Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education, Case Western Reserve University
Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio
Thomas R. Hanson
Eaton Corporation (Retired)
Sr. Cheryl Keehner, CSA
Former Collaborative Steering Committee (Retired)
Sr. Toby Lardie, HM
Congregation of Humility of Mary
President & CEO, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Executive Vice President, Finance and Development at Green Harvest Capital
William R. Murman
First Vice President, Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Chief Program Officer, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
Honorable Brendan J. Sheehan
Administrative and Presiding Judge Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas