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.
January 2019: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
*SCAHT sponsored two human trafficking billboards in Sioux City on I-29 & Floyd Blvd and at 11th & Nebraska Street.
*Proclamations were issued in Sioux City, North Sioux City, South Sioux City, Woodbury County, Plymouth County, Monona County, and Sergeant Bluff.
*Area media outlets broadcast SCAHT-provided Public Service Announcements.
*South Sioux City Public Library hosted a human trafficking display.
*SCAHT hosted a table at Family Fun Night in Sioux City.
*Several SCAHT members were interviewed for radio, television spots.
*Prayer team prayed at Mercy One Hospital Chapel.