To work toward abolishing all forms of human trafficking through education, advocacy and collaboration.


Prevention is the primary focus for the Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking (SCAHT). We work with young people, parents, teachers, and other interested individuals to raise awareness of the problem. In our role as a resource on human trafficking, we are available to give presentations to any type of group and to provide relevant information and materials. We work with many local agencies and law enforcement to help determine what human trafficking looks like in Siouxland, what services are available, and what is needed. SCAHT is a member of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking.

Currently, SCAHT is an all-volunteer organization. In 2018, SCAHT members gave 66 presentations, reaching over 2600 people in the Siouxland region. A large multi-dimensional human trafficking exhibit appeared in 9 locations throughout Siouxland, including colleges, churches, and schools. SCAHT also worked in conjunction with The Set Me Free Project to make presentations to over 700 people at Siouxland area schools. We also sponsored tables and displays at eight different events, such as the Woodbury County Fair in Moville and the Multi-Cultural Fair in Sioux City. A major undertaking for SCAHT in 2018 was partnering with the Junior League of Sioux City and the Coalition on Human Trafficking to educate hotel/motel employees about human trafficking. Hotels and motels in the three-state Siouxland region were offered the training, and by the end of 2018 over 300 people in 7 hotels had completed the course. Training will continue in 2019.

The biggest challenge is in shifting public thinking about human trafficking.
— Mike Ferjak - Iowa Attorney General's Human Trafficking Enforcement and Prosecution Initiative