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.
October 12, 2023• News
The scripture is called “Let the Oppressed Go Free,” and is based off of actual faces of survivors.
October 9, 2023• News
Community West Foundation and Collaborative to End Human Trafficking team up to bring “Let the Oppressed Go Free” sculpture to Cleveland.
October 6, 2023• News
Operation ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ leads to 160 arrests as local demand for sex contributes to one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises.
Patrice McCarthy, PhD, RN, CNS, Chair
Teresan W. Gilbert, Vice Chair
The Lubrizol Corporation (Retired)
Michael A. Shemo, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair, Chair Emeritus
President, Wolf Investors, LLC
Jennifer Cupar, Governance Committee Chair
Director, LLEAP Program, Professor of Lawyering Skills, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
George Moy, Development Committee Chair
Executive Vice President, Finance and Development at Green Harvest Capital
Owner, The Quilting Bee
Michael P. Coyne
Co-Founder, Waldheger Coyne, A Legal Professional Association
HR Director, Barrio
Daniel J. Flannery, PhD
Professor and Director, Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education, Case Western Reserve University
Shannon Fogarty Jerse, Esq.
General Counsel, Government Affairs, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
Deputy General Counsel, Sisters of Charity Health System
Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio
Thomas R. Hanson
Eaton Corporation (Retired)
Executive Director International Marketing & Marketing Account Services, Cleveland Clinic
Sr. Toby Lardie, HM
Congregation of Humility of Mary
President & CEO, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra
William R. Murman
First Vice President, Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Honorable Brendan J. Sheehan
Administrative and Presiding Judge Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas