What is the PATC?
The Philadelphia Anti-Trafficking Coalition (PATC) is an affiliation of social service, government, and law enforcement agencies dedicated to combating the issue of human trafficking in the Philadelphia area. The coalition aims to create a network of agencies to assist victims of human trafficking, in order to coordinate an appropriate response to victims and to make available a wide range of services. Chaired by Covenant House Pennsylvania (CHPA), the coalition was founded in 2005 and convenes several times each year to discuss the furtherance of efforts to fight this important issue.
What members make up the Coalition?
The coalition includes approximately 56 members representing agencies throughout Philadelphia. Currently, PATC is composed of representatives from major government and law enforcement agencies likely to identify and serve victims, as well as social service agencies that provide emergency assistance, legal aid, shelter, and advocacy.
What are the future plans for the coalition?
PATC’s main focus currently centers on increased outreach efforts toward vulnerable populations as well as training events for those likely to encounter or provide services to victims. Other projects include protocols, a language bank, and a resource guide for trafficking in Philadelphia.
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